London Fashion Week has shown us the collections to get ready for next winter, so in this blog, I’m going to tell you what I see as being the hottest trends that will be on our streets come winter time.
Usually the preserve of hippies and festivals, tie-dye made a comeback on the catwalk. Alex Mullins showed tie-dye creations including a bold suit, a shirt that reveals the wearer’s nipple and balaclavas. The suit is tie-dyed velvet, which creates a unique look and texture.
A favourite of the golf club and socks, the humble Argyle pattern has been resurrected and made one of the hottest patterns of the season. Glaswegian designer Charles Jeffrey Loverboy featured a red and black jumper with the pattern, MAN features the pattern with a peek-a-boo see-through tank top and Astrid Anderson feature a traditional polo shirt with the pattern, paired with metallic tartan jogging bottoms and a printed silk robe.
Practicool blends practicality with style and is definitely one trend to watch for AW18/19. Cottweiler’s show featured climbing harnesses as accessories. Handy when you’re going mountaineering, or just for looking cool walking about the city.
Soft Touch Fabrics
Corduroy and velvet are back in a very big way. Liam Hodges, Alex Mullins and Oliver Spencer all featured the soft touch fabrics. Plush trousers in turmeric, cumin and cocoa will be everywhere next winter. For the more conservative fashionista, black will also be on trend.
Work inspired looks were very big at LMFW. Christopher Raeburn showed a nautical themed outfit with repurposed wool blankets from the Russian and Danish Navies reimagined to make tops and with a seafaring themed orange jacket, which looks like it came straight from the crew of a lifeboat. What We Wear continued on this theme with dayglow workwear inspired pieces and a suit based on the uniform worn by staff on London’s DLR.
Rucksacks have been the go-to bag for men for as long as I can remember and despite fleeting appearances of bum bags, there has rarely been a man bag that has really caught on. Given men have to carry things around with themselves as much as women do it amazes me there hasn’t been a decent bag trend to pick up the slack. A-Cold-Wall has tried to solve this problem with cagoules with built-in bags and multi-bagged harnesses, which should have enough storage space for the man who needs to take everything with him. It wasn’t just radical harness bags on show though, there were more traditional shoulder bags too.
Buttons have made a comeback and there was no better example of this than in the collection by Grace Wales Bonnar. With maritime inspired looks and oversized cuts and boxy looks, button-up jackets are back in a big way. Alex Mullins also showcased this look in his show.