Between London, Milan and Paris, the Menswear fashion schedule for spring summer 2015 this month showed an exciting array of vibrant colour, texture and statement looks.
But it wasn’t just the catwalks that got the attention. The radical change for London Collections:Men to move their dates so they didn’t co-inside with Petti Uomo (Milan fashion week), created a schedule that cemented the menswear fashion month as a respected standalone event. A welcome move for all press and bloggers scrambling to attend all the shows!
Not only that, but this year saw Moschino move its menswear fashion show to London for the first time in history with Jeremy Scott showcasing his first collection as creative director.
The London press release I was handed gave Mintel’s figures showing that the menswear market in the UK had grown by 18% between 2008 and 2013 reaching £12.9 billion in 2013. With retailers increasingly turning their attention to menswear, the forecast was that the men’s fashion market will grow by 27% between 2013 and 2018 to reach £16.4 billion. Exciting times ahead then!
With the dedicated men’s fashion weeks now being ahead of the main women’s fashion weeks in September, its often a good precursor as to what trends the women will also look forward to next year. So without any further ado, here is my run-down on the trends we can expect to see for Spring Summer 2015……
Stripes were everywhere on the catwalks, from monochrome to colour, thick to thin, chevron or just a single striped accent, stripes will be a huge trend next year.
Seen by designers: Gucci, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Matthew Miller, Missoni, Hacket, James Long, John Smedley, Johnathan Saunders, Joseph, YMC, JW Anderson, MAN, Kent & Cerwen, Dior, Kenzo, Ami, Givenchy, Cerruti, Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Shannon, E Tautz, Georgio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Kris Van Assche, Loewe, Kolor, Lee Roach, Balmain, Philip Lim, Carven, MSGM, Xander Zhou.
ART INSPIRED PRINTS
Think artworld meets street art. Large brush strokes, paint splats, modern art inspired prints and vivid colour are set to take our wardrobes by storm next year. This trend has already been tested in stores such as Zara this summer so get your hands on them now if you want to be ahead of the trends for next year.
Seen by designers: Vivienne Westwood, DSuared2, Hermes, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Christopher Raeburn, Huntergather, Katie Eary, MSGM, Dior, Comme des Garcons Shirt, Givenchy, Alexander Wang, Issey Miyake, Fashion East, JW Anderson, Neil Barrett, Sibling, Richard Nicoll, Marni.
Scrap book prints, oversized slogans, logos, typography and patches will be a fun and bright alternative to solid colours next year. Whether you go for brilliant and bold like Moschino or military cool like Christopher Raeburn, next year is all about fun!
Seen by designers: Christopher Shannon, Moschino, Christopher Raeburn, Kit Neale, Diesel Black Gold, KTZ, MAN, SANKUANZ, Raf Simmons, Burberry.
Having recently got used to the tropical floral prints, next year we will see larger printed floral’s.
Seen by designers: Topman Designs, No.21, Oliver Spencer, Pringle of Scotland, Hermes, Valentino, Paul & Joe, Roberto Cavalli, Joseph,
This is a trend we see back time and time again and one that appears in different guises. For SS15 we will see gingham and windowpane check as well as a more artistic kind of patchwork check.
Seen by designers: Agi & Sam, DKNY, Etro, Moncler Gamme Bleu, Bally, Duchamp, Emporio Armani, Cerruti, Vivienne Westwood, Joseph, Philip Lim, Carven, Moschino, Z Zenga.
Texture is a trend we will be seeing for autumn/winter this year, but the trend also looks set to continue to spring/summer 2015 with textured patchworks, fringing & tassels.
Seen by designers: Matthew Miller, Sibling, Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton, Junya Watanabe Man, Katie Eary, Craig Green.
BRING BACK THE 70’S
Having met a journalist at London Collections, he joked with me that the 70’s should remain in the 70’s and we should move on with our own era! But it seems the designers didn’t get that memo!
Seen by designers: Costume National, Katie Eary, Topman Designs, Louis Vuitton, Kent & Curwen, Vivienne Westwood.
When looking for shorts for the summer, the trend to look for will be relaxed, oversized styling which will be kept smart in suit material.
Seen by designers: Agi & Sam, Iceberg, Alexander McQueen, Andrea Pompilio, Bottega Veneta, E Tautz, Palmer Harding
For Summer 2014 we’ve seen simple, clean lines and small if no belts, but for next year, the way to wear coats will be to have long length belt tied in a statement knot.
Seen by designers: Topman Designs, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Georgio Armani,
OUTERWEAR WITH CONTRASTING SLEEVES
Another style which may be one to look for next year are coats & blazers with different coloured or patterned sleeves that give the illusion of wearing a waistcoat.
Seen by designers: Antonio Marras, Fendi, Lanvin, Ann Demeulemeester
We’ve seen statement bags and glasses, but next year you’re gonna have to be brave to pull off the seasons scarves and hats we’ve seen on the catwalks!
Hats seen by designers: Burberry, DSquared2, Vivienne Westwood, E Tautz, YMC
Scarves seen by designers: Tom Ford, MP Massimo Piombo, YMC, Loewe
As you’ve probably noticed above, bright colours and psychedelic prints will be the colour trends to head for next year with oranges and yellows taking center stage. However, as bright colours are often seen as too ‘out there’ in the real world, retail annalists are predicting green to be the next fashion colour to update your summer blues and greys.
As Seen by designers: Oliver Spencer, Dries Van Noten, Alexander Wang, Burberry, Carven, E Tautz, Fendi, Kolor, Z Zenga