London Fashion Week – Menswear AW20 Top 5 Trends
While the rest of us were still in pajamas on the sofa mainlining Lindt chocolates the fashion set were in London trussed up for Men’s Fashion Week AW20 collections. Fast becoming a hotbed of emerging talent – London kicked off the season with bold shows from a diverse range of new directional voices – many of whom are female.
The top themes for AW20 were sustainability – with top designers such as Bethany Williams, E Tautz and Priya Ahluwalia using recycled, repurposed and handmade fabrics within their collections. There was an overall call-back to 70’s and 80’s London with references to early punk and the rebellious spirits of artists Joe Orton and Frank Bowler. Afro-Carribbean and Iranian heritages came into play for Grace Wales Bonner and Paria Farzaneh and tailoring was given an injection of swagger and print for Nicholas Daley, Per Gotesson and Bianca Saunders.
There was plenty to play with for the fashionable gentlemen of town. With a nod from GQ we’ve shortlisted the top 5 trends for AW20 to help you start planning your shopping lists now!
The staple print of every man’s wardrobe was given a fresh new look this season. Bold check prints swept the catwalks, ranging from the gentrified Prince of Wales checks on a tailored suit at E Tautz to the deep red checked separates at Ahluwalia and Nicholas Daley. Wales Bonner served up a slick windowpane suit that would give definite swagger to Savile Row.
Who knew Ross from Friends was the style icon for AW20? Get your talc out boys, leather trousers are back and a must-have for the season. From Moto to Cargo – any style is acceptable. If you’re feeling extra brave, or just have a Neo from The Matrix complex – layer up with a black leather trench as seen at Pronounce.
Winter is a season of comfort dressing and lots of layering. It was no surprise to see Utility detailing in every collection – from quilting, to cargo pockets to chunky belts to zips aplenty. Feng Chen Wang and Astrid Andersen gave us puffa coat realness while Nicholas Daley reinvented the country gent in the city with his sleek gilets and khaki separates.
Double Denim was back in force with lots of designers showing their take on a Canadian Tuxedo. Choose from the pared down indigo 3 piece at Bianca Saunders, acid wash cargo at Feng Chen Wang to a flowing patched trench at Per Gotesson.
The modern man has many things on his mind. Fitted suits are not one of them. For AW20 it’s all about loose, boxy and relaxed styles. Suave silhouettes were seen at E Tautz and Wales Bonner, whilst Bianca Saunders presented hers with a heavy hit of early 00’s pared down styling. Feng Chen Wang threw it back even further with her 80’s voluminous blazers and knee-length shirts.