The last month has given fashionistas much to talk about, with the opening of the London, Milan, Paris and New York Fashion weeks. As always, the catwalks have offered a plethora of incredible garments to amaze and admire, almost too much to digest in a single month. There were of course a few items and trends that stood out from the rest, and in case you missed them, we’ve outlined the favourites below:
Animal prints always make a comeback, particularly in women’s fashion, due to their bold appeal. This time however, Burberry introduced fashion prints into men’s fashion designs with lashings of tiger, leopard and zebra on coats, iPad accessories and sunglasses. Burberry maintains its trademark check for its holdalls and across-the-body bags, mixing tradition with daring patterns. A firm favourite at the show was the Burberry translucent rubber coat, which was one of the most trending items to come out of Milan.
Dries Van Noten
One of the biggest fashion trends for both men’s and women’s wear this season is glam grunge. Borrowing from the 90s rock aesthetic, Dries Van Noten created a look of effortless style with oversized, yet not sloppy, overcoats and sweaters. Wool was one of the materials of choice and he took advantage of clashing patterns and colours. Keep glam grunge on the radar this season.
Gucci’s head designer Frida Giannini borrowed from the English tradition and credited appropriate British fabrics and equestrian style in her show. Influenced by 60s attire, the Gucci men’s collection exuded classic luxury, and featured tailored double-breasted coats, pert pea coats, drainpipe trousers and trendy hip length jacket. The colours stole the show, with robin-egg blue, ochre and parsley green. Bright contrasting colours peeped out of neck lines, creating an edgy look for Gucci.
Once again, Louis Vuitton presented men’s fashion that was undeniably slick and luxurious. Presented at the Paris Fashion week menswear show, designs included those of menswear designer of the year Kim Jones, featuring a commissioned print by the Chapman Brothers. Louis Vuitton’s men’s fashion masterly combined smart and formal attire with more casual wear, giving the line a ready to wear, yet luxurious look.
The men’s fashion line by Raf Simons had an undeniable 1970s undertone, but with a modern twist. Colours were bright and collars pointed. Tech trainers were used instead of smart dress shoes, compliments of Adidas, and bold shirt cuffs poked out from under jumper sleeves. Following the men’s fashion trend of the season of having ankles exposed, trousers were short and fell loosely on the footwear.
Penny Munroe is an avid writer in fashion related news and tips. Articles include reviews on the latest mens designer suits to the latest Fashion Week gossip.