We’ve returned from the sartorial sights of London Fashion Week Men’s armed with a long list of the trends in store for this autumn winter. With a combination of androgynous style, sustainability and streetwear dominating the men’s AW20 runways we’ve listed the key trends to look out for, so you can be sure to stay ahead of the game when winter hits.
#1 Bucket Hats
Think less Oasis and more fishing with your Dad, and that’s the kind of the bucket hats in store for us this winter. A big trend throughout 2019 the bucket hat isn’t going anywhere. We saw draw string detail to add even more of an angling vibe. Bucket hats were spotted at Band of Outsiders, Lou Daulton and Bethany Williams to name a few.
No big surprises here, checks were featured on almost every men’s AW20 runway or presentation and came in the form of jackets, trousers and tops. A staple for the season, our favourites included this bomber style jacket from Lou Dalton, a two piece suit from Wales Bonner and a multicoloured fringed long line coat from Bethany Williams.
#3 Colour Palette
As you may already be able to tell, AW20 will be an array of primary colours, with royal blue, red and yellow making many appearances. Hints of burnt orange and green were also seen regularly on the runway, as well as the more traditional AW neutral colour palettes. We’re in store for a colourful season!
#4 Double Denim
There will always be (at least) one marmite trend that makes it into our roundup following fashion month. This time it’s 90’s favourite, double denim. In a variety of tones, from the acid wash at Bianca Saunders to the pale blue at E.Tautz. We’re definitely an advocate for the matchy-matchy look.
Sweater vests made a comeback on the men’s AW20 runways this weekend. We saw Nicholas Daley opting for a cricket vest style knit layered over a roll neck, and Wales Bonner opting for a rounded neckline knitted vest. E. Tautz and Bethany Williams were also among the designers showcasing their take on the trend in their shows.
#6 Matching Your Accessories to Outerwear
Extending your outerwear to your neckline was another trend spotted on the runways. We particularly liked how E. Tautz matched his blue and white striped knits, and how Nicholas Daley matched his khaki quilted scarf and jacket.
#7 Bomber Jackets
As well as the traditional long line coats expected throughout the winter months, we also saw a variety of bomber jackets to accompany your winter style. A much loved streetwear staple, bomber jackets were spotted on almost every runway including Chalayan, Lou Daulton and Martine Rose in more neutral tones.
#8 Split Legs
A reoccurring trend last seen in the AW19 shows is the split leg trouser. This time spotted higher up on the leg and seen not only on tailored trousers but on combats and denim, and often paired with loafers for smart casual style.
#9 Combat Pockets
Combat pockets on trousers were heavily featured across the weekend, and seen on not only typical utilitarian looks, but added onto denim and technical fabrics for a streetwear style vibe.
As the industry becomes more conscious in their production, ethics and sustainability methods, designers are responding with a focus on more eco-friendly collections. We particularly enjoyed the encouragement to buy less and buy better from E.Tautz’s “Brand New Second Hand” show, where an estimated 50% of the collection was produced from repurposed fabrics. Bethany Williams is another designer leading the way when it comes to conscious collections. Her sustainable men’s AW20 collection “No Resource to Public Funds” is a statement of social impact and in partnership with of local charity The Magpie Project.
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Words by Emma Bowkett