This week was London Collections 4th ever show celebrating the very best of British menswear. Not only was it a successful 3x day event for designers to showcase their collections, but it was also a great place to see all the hunky male models too!
I only managed to go to 2x of the days, but I was able to chat to designers Lee Roach, Christopher Raeburn, Paul Costello and journalist Suzie Menkez as well as getting interviews with blogger Suzie Bubble, magician Dynamo, GQ editor Dylan Jones and the gorgeous David Gandy! (One of the videos will be posted http://www.youtube.com/SouthWestLondonTV early next week & more will follow on https://twitter.com/WellHungFashion )
London Collections seems to be picking up momentum in terms of media attention, but with full security on the doors to the main venues and celebrities not hanging around for pictures, it didn’t bring the circus you normally see at LFW, where countless fashionistas dress in far fetched clothes try to get papped! Instead, it was very relaxed, professional and a pleasure to be at and I will definitely be looking forward to attending next season.
My trend report for AW14 is as follows:
The cropped trouser we have been seeing on the highstreets looks set to continue with designers such as Agi & Sam, Christpher Kane, JW Anderson, E-Tautz & Mathew Miller all confirming this trend is set to stay.
Layering is also a trend set to continue with long shirts and tunic tops spotted on the catwalks of Agi & Sam, KTZ & Richard Nicoll.
One of the biggest trends though that I predict for AW14 has to be bright colours, in particular icy or cobalt blue (Astrid Anderson, Christopher Kane, Christopher Shanon, Duchamp, Hacket London, Richard James, Sibling) and orange (Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Shanon, John Smedley, Topman Designs)
Stripes was also a catwalk favourite for AW14 in all thickness’s and angles. (Agi & Sam, Alexander McQueen, Casely-Hayford, Johnathan Saunders, JW Anderson, Paul Smith, Sibling)
Another big trend (pun unintended) I predict next season is oversized tailoring. Predominantly in outerwear seen by designers such as Burberry, Casely-Hayford, Christoper Kane, Christopher Shanon, E-Tautz, James Long, KTZ, MAN, Topman Designs & Xander Zhou.
This oversized tailoring also spurred a modern twist in formal wear, where relaxed trousers seemed to be a trend to look out for next season as well (Johnathan Saunders, Nazir Mazhar, Oliver Spencer, Topman Designs, KTZ, Xander Zhou).
For the more confident dresser, I predict oversized prints to be popular & will certainly get you noticed next season! (Burberry, Casely-Hayford, Christoperh Kane, Christopher Shanon, E-Tautz, James Long, John Smedley, KTZ, MAN & Xander Zhou).
For something a little different, Raised surfaces & textures were also seen by Xander Zhou, Sibling & Christopher Kane
But for anyone wanting longevity in your current wardrobe, fabric blocking (Ada & Nik, Chistopher Raeburn, Christopher Shanon, Common, Richard Nicoll, Topman Designs) and the classic tartan both look here to stay (A Sauvage, Agi & Sam, Alexander McQueen, Casely-Hayford, Oliver Spencer & Thomas Pink).
Obviously we will get a better idea of actual trends after Paris & Milan – Fur for instance may be one to look out for!