Monday, January 19, 2015
Ken's Eye View: Fall 2015 London trends
Grey, particularly in textured wools, continues make a big splash next Fall. Look for tweeds, plaids and flocked wools, cut in super large silhouettes to be popular for casual wear jackets, coats and even trousers.
Weekend wear with a focus on comfy sports jackets with generous proportions is the perfect way to top off slim jeans or kakis. Brand new this season...corduroy. Though too bulky for the doll, think of using cotton velvet instead.
With an emphasis on casual dressing, the sweater becomes a major part of monsieur's wardrobe. This is the newest way for your guy to wear sweaters. For the most part, sweaters are in muted jewel tones, cut in generous proportions. New here: the sweater coat and great big scarves tossed over the shoulders of oversized pullovers.
Take an otherwise non-descript garment--say a quilted parka, overcoat or a utilitarian jumpsuit, cut it out of black nylon or some other technical fabric and you've got the kind of gorilla urban wear likely to be found all over the streets next winter. What makes this work is the roomy proportions of these silhouettes along with all of the topstitching.
The shock of stark black and white graphics is another part of the gorilla urban wear movement slated for next winter. There is, of course the bold, in-your-face graphics and color blocking for those who like to experiment with their style. And even though these trends are for Fall/Winter, notice the amount of pure white used in contrasting looks.
The shearling jacket which debuted last year is back for an encore. This time they're back in larger proportions, drenched in color or defined in color blocked sections.
There's nothing like a good pop of color to wake up the senses and move fashion forward. Today's young man is certainly not afraid spurts of vivid color against black. Just be sure to keep the silhouettes large and loose whether it's sweaters or coats.
And so as the males become the peacocks of the species, out come the fur coats. Think long hair faux fur shaggy coats for a fun look to salute the arrival of the polar vortex season.
When it's all over and done with....the suit reigns supreme. The classic one or two button jacket bespoke suit best defines the best of what London has to offer in menswear. Note the return of the 3-piece suit (Hardy Amies) as well as the reappearance of velvet (Richard James)!
Stay tuned. The boys are currently in Milan. They'll be back shortly with the hottest looks from Italy!
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