LC:M AW16 Trend Report
LC:M or London Collections: Men, is quickly catching up with its womenswear counterparts. Visited by some of the most stylish men our island has to offer, LC:M is finally offering a platform for men's style to become a focus, giving it some well-deserved attention. Jeans and t-shirts move over, this season the shows seemed bigger and better, the FROW stars brighter and the style more exciting. Maybe we're still hyped from the festive sugar-heavy diet, or the January exercise endorphins, but we loved that so much was going on. Having a massive choice, we decided to whittle it down to our top 10 must haves for the season:
1. Bomber jackets
This classic shape was everywhere on the catwalks, black, military, punk-inspired or all over printed, doesn't matter, as long as it's a bomber.
2. All in ones
A mix of coveralls and dungarees, the all in one snuck quietly onto a few of the catwalks. Our highlight at Astrid Andersen was the double denim dungarees and shirt (it's super easy to wear). For a sportswear take roll down a coverall and wear with a sports sweatshirt.
3. Faux fur
This cosy style statement has been hanging around on the women's catwalks for ages, and finally it joins menswear. For a bold interpretation, wear coloured faux fur or a long line coat. A subtle cross pollination of trends was the faux fur bomber. Thank you Burberry!
Not a new trend, but opting for authentic vintage military will mean you'll tick the style box as well as gaining a hard-wearing, warm and well-cut piece that will last.
Most of the shows included a metallic silver piece or two and while this isn't for everyone, the soft, subtle sheen of the dark metallic shades was a wearable nod to the metallic trend. Opt for darker bronze shades and mix textures for wintery dark days.
6. Puffa jackets
Fashion got practical with warm puffa styles. A great way to wear 90s (and make it through the British winter). We saw a range of colour and style, but opt for a longer length to tie in with other oversized knits and jackets that were all over the catwalks.
This was a fairly subtle nod to a classic shearling coat, sometimes just a collar or hood. We LOVE vintage shearling coats, they just look classically cool, so this made us very happy. For a really easy take on this trend, try a fleece lined denim jacket, for just a hint of sheepskin style.
There seems to permanently be an undercurrent of sportswear each season, so hang on to those essentials. But this season was all about the tracksuit. Wear the top to mix and match with denim, or go full tracksuit and mix with faux fur or a military bomber (like our fave street style looks). Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably won't miss the Rio Olympics reference…what a way to accessorise a tracksuit!
9. The trench
If you haven't already got this effortlessly stylish coat in your collection, now is the time. Beige still reigns a king of trench coat colours, but we loved the primary pop at Xander Zhou.
10. Size matters
Size was most definitely important at this season's shows. There was a huge amount of oversized pieces, knitwear and long line coats, as well as below the knee shorts (although think Kurt Cobain's too long sleeves rather than gigantic shapes) and at the other end of the size scale…behold the men's crop top. No more borrowing required. Ready to bare your midriff to the world? Not for those more comfy hiding under layers.