We know it’s still the height of summer, but it’s not long until the autumn/winter ’16 collections start arriving in shops – so now’s the time to get organised. Here, we look back at the mens shows at London Collections Men, and in Milan and Paris – and we’ve distilled everything the designers want to see us wearing this time next year into seven solid trends. Want to know the future of men’s fashion now? Read on for the top trends you need to master now for autumn (or, for the truly forward-thinking, spring/summer 2017).
Invest in copper
While there was a strong representation of your traditionally autumnal navies, blacks, greys and dark greens, the colour that really stood out at the shows was copper. Replenish your stocks of the rich, orangey-brown shade now.
Shows from left to right: Wooyoungmi, Canali, Topman Design
Layer-up with a knitted polo shirt
If you’re not quite ready to start wearing your sweatshirt selection, try using a knitted polo shirt as a slightly lighter layer of insulation as the temperature dips. Across the catwalk we saw this item thrown casually over shirts and T-shirts, and slipped under slouchy, sporty suiting. At Bally they were even worn layered over fine-gauge rollnecks (toasty). For best results invest in two or three fine knit iterations in different solid colours with minimal branding for maximum versatility with your existing wardrobe.
Shows from left to right: Orley, Coach, Bally.
For obvious reasons, the autumn shows are all about outerwear – and this season no coat shape was more popular than the duffle coat. Camel was the most popular colour to crop up, but there were plenty of designers giving their own design tweaks to the hooded toplayer, including extending the length or chopping the sleeves off (such as at Maison Margiela) or cutting it from plasticised material (such as Stuart Vevers at Coach).
Shows from left to right: Maison Margiela, Dior Homme, Coach
Silk ‘n’ shine
High shine fabric was seen across the board at the A/W ‘16 shows. Silk shirts were perhaps the most obvious – and easiest – way to get on the trend (slip one on under a suit), but leather trousers and silken or nylon outerwear (such as the bombers and parkas at Ami) were also well-represented on the catwalks.
Shows from left to right: Katie Eary, Ami, Dolce & Gabbana
Plump for clump
Good news for any Blizzard Jonas sequels next year, shoes are going chunkier than ever. Whether you’re a loafer or a lace-up man, soles are thick, stacked and rubberised, with hiking boots set to be a seasonal essential (and worn with everything in your wardrobe from tailoring to tracksuit trousers). Detailing is also getting far bigger, with exploded buckles and fringing notable especially in Milan and Paris.
Shows from left to right: Tiger of Sweden, Louis Vuitton, Prada
While the current rollneck revival shows no sign of stopping, next season these will morph into funnel or slightly lower mock turtle necks (that’s a rollneck without the roll) in either zip-up or slip-over form. Slide one under your new slouchy coat with jeans for max effect.
Shows from left to right: Berluti, Fendi, Burberry
Sleek slouchy trousers
After season bubbling under the surface, hems are finally loosening up next season. And while only the bravest (and slimmest) of us will be able to slip on a pair of flares, looser wool trousers (wider at the thigh and foot) are seriously easy to wear. Even sleekest-of-the-sleek Hermes is going hard on the trend: the vast majority of the trouser they showed had an elasticated waist – even with tailoring.
Shows from left to right: Lou Dalton, Bottega Veneta, Hermes
The logical conclusion of the silk shirt trend. There were definitely some bold versions of the matching pyjama shirt and trousers on the catwalks, however we saw it styled in a supremely wearable way at Valentino with a black turtleneck slipped underneath, as well as at Dolce & Gabbana – so don’t rule it out. Hey, we were right about boiler suits…
Shows from left to right: Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Valentino