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#LFW Trend Report

March 03, 2015

We love nosing at the street style at LFW (stay tuned for our highlights on the blog tomorrow). But the catwalk is where the real trends are made. As usual there were things that would never compute into the real world (and as it was largely womenswear we can't really get away with taffeta and pom-poms so well). Although there were some trends that we can actually see ourselves wearing. Every guy's wardrobe has it's staples - good suit, leather brogues, wool overcoat - but here's some ways to take some lessons from women's fashion and be that little bit more trend-aware.

Architectural Shapes

There was an emphasis on a minimal aesthetic this time around. Wilson PK, Margaret Howell and Gareth Pugh stood out for their clean lines and ability to play with textures without going for fluff and frills. This one's fairly easy to make work. Choose quality fabrics that keep their shape and lean towards a more military look with a sharp shoulder and collar.

Victorian Gothic

This look was EVERYWHERE. Seriously, Pam Hogg, Jamie Wei Huang, Pheobe English, Mary Katrantzou, Simone Rocha and Tom Ford, to name but a few, all proved that black is the new black again. If you're brave enough men's PVC coats seem to be happening but for the less adventurous, just darken your clothes a few shades and accessorise with an Edgar Allan Poe collar and cravat.

 

Jackets

We love when Autumn Winter actually acknowledges how cold it is at that time of the year. Thankfully we don't have to get hypothermia to look dapper as there were tons of long, cosy coats on the runway at Hakaan Yildirim, Vivienne Westwood and Temperley London. The vibe is quite old-school football manager with velvet, shearling and big collars. We recommend keeping the rest of your outfit quite simple to avoid any fancy dress comments.

70s Dazed and Confused

We're sure you've seen Burberry Prorsum's paisley and flares and JW Anderson and Mother of Pearl are on the same wavelength. It probably is easier for the ladies to do high waisted bell bottoms as there's little chance they'll look like a Bay City Roller. We say the best way to keep it gentlemanly is embrace the colours and patterns in accessories. A mustard satchel, a paisley pocket square or some tortoiseshell shades are subtle but directional.

Are these too much for your classic look or do you like to take it further with your style? Comment below if you have any extra tips to make LFW work in the real world.

All Images Courtesy of Vogue


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