One could be excused from being slightly confused after the Menswear shows in London and as to what trends we should be looking toward for AW13/14. In a country dictated by sportswear and tailoring there will always be extremes and this was dominant throughout most of the collections taking the form of super smart, super weird and but predominantly commercial.
Pants were overall slim with many displaying the ‘mankle’ collections elsewhere in the world confirmed this and the fact that the ‘megging’ was also here to stay. Richard Nicoll demonstrated a good mix of slim and loose leg pants teaming loose leg suits with soft shoes for an urban style that displayed a real ‘London‘ feel.
Androgyny lingered in fewer collections this season with skirts and ‘skorts’ of various shapes and sizes at Meadham Kirchoff, Xander Zhou, Markus Lupfer and J.W. Anderson. Coats and outwear took centre stage with varying hemlines and styles. Bomber jackets, Fur trimmed parkas and longer length coats were possibly the most memorable sightings.
Many prints were Monotone, Christopher Kane adaption of this made snakeskin wearable in the in the form of scarves and sweaters. The exceptions to this were designers such as Katie Eary and Sibling who were pushing the boundaries further with rose-prints and hologram shirts in deep shades of pinks.
Typography was unique from the rebellious Mathew Miller’s ‘born to Fail’ which accompanied an otherwise very wearable collection to Sibling’s ‘please kill me’.
In this difficult and social economic time not everything was doom and gloom, it appears the future is bright, with orange being a dominant colour throughout many collections ranging from Alexander McQueen to Topman and down to under garments at John Smedley.
These are our Top-Ten absolutely must haves for the aspiring Leading Man
Leather Biker Jacket at Matthew Miller
Coloured Combo Soles at Jonathan Saunders
Longer Length Coats from Alexander McQueen
Subtle leopard print scarves from Christopher Kane
Burberry’s bright knitwear
Super smart tailoring from Mr Start
Slim pants from Oasimi
Slogan tops ‘Boys will be boys’ from Xander Zhou
Jonathan Saunder’s orange overcoat is an absolute must