Menswear: AW15 Outerwear Trends

I don’t usually write pieces on menswear as I have had little knowledge or experience in searching for menswear trends and styles, however after working with a menswear team recently I have gained some tips on what will be big trends this Autumn/Winter. In terms of outerwear, jackets and coats are something to invest money in and these pieces I have found (although a little pricey!) I’m sure will be on the highstreets in different varieties.

Sandro 

This store is amazing for men’s outerwear as it provides cool and chic styles with twists on old favorites. Here are a few of the key pieces from Sandro Paris.

Weapon Jacket £845 – Removable fur and shearling collars are big this season and leather biker jackets are a must-have.

Mods Parka £685 – Parka coats are huge this season and are always popular for those chilly months! I love how Sandro have paired such a casual styled coats with a sharp skinny suit to create a cool mod look.

Apollo Coat £475 – Single breasted straight coat is great for a formal look and the camel colour is very popular on the catwalks.

All Saints 

Great for a little more affordable style, this store provides great vintage feel pieces with washed out denim creating the real rocknroll style All Saints exhibits.

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Eucild Denim Jacket £108 – This raw aesthetic denim jacket has slim line panelling for something a little more fitted and although denim jackets are more toward the summer season, this grey washed out dye is great for the transition into Autumn.

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Bedford Shearling jacket £798 – This luxury jacket is made from British merino sheepskin (hence the price!), but is well worth the price tag for a fab aviator style jacket which has been a big trend by designers, plus that sheepskin will keep you cosy on those frosty mornings.

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Halber Suede Jacket £328 – Suede was huge in Spring/Summer and seems to be moving into Autumn Winter as well! This simple trucker jacket is a great staple piece to layer over dark patterned shirts and tops with some skinny jeans and boots.

The Kooples 

The Kooples is perfect at creating effortlessly cool styles with a mix of crisp shirt tailoring and monochrome shades of outerwear.

Houndstooth detail Biker jacket £645 – A biker jacket reinvented with Houndstooth detail which creates an individual and quirky take on a classic.

Lightdown Jacket with Leather Sleeves £545 – Leather details is something which many designers are incorporating into their coats and jackets for a more chic and young look. This works perfectly on this quilted jacket as it makes the practical winter puffer jacket trendy.

Straight Coat in Grey £475 – This straight coat, once again has made use of leather detail in the stand up collar and is a great alternative to the smarter outerwear you may need for work. It is versatile and can be worn formally or informally depending on occasion, simply pair with a suit or skinnies and a button down check shirt for a casual cool look.

Celeb Style – Kate Bosworth

kate bosworth styleKate Bosworth has great style and chooses cool and current clothing that doesn’t simply blend into the background, instead she wear edgy, fun and feminine styles and mixes this up depending on the event. Quirky footwear, relaxed and wavy hairstyles and some pink lippy is key to recreating her fashionable flair. Here are 4 looks taken from red carpets, festivals and casual street style, giving a different outfit for a range of occasions I will recreate these Kate Bosworth classics at affordable prices!

The Metallic Skirt and Baggy Jumper 

Metallic Skirt from Little Mistress London – £11 (on sale)

Grungy Lofty Sweater from Topshop – £18.00 (on sale)

Press Shoot Mules from Asos – £45.00

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The Cut-Out Playsuit  

Abigail Contrast Paisley Cut Out Detail Playsuit from Missguided – £15 (On sale)

Black Strappy Chunky Wedge Sandals from New Look – £24.99

Gold Tone Pretty Choker Necklace from River Island – £10.00

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The Mom Jeans and Baggy Knit Jumper 

Taupe Brown Suede Cowboy Ankle Boots from Dune on Ebay – £33.00

Cable Knit Jumper from Asos – £35.00

High Waisted Mom Jeans from Pull&Bear – £25.99

Preppy Round Frame Glasses from John Lewis – £15.00

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Celeb Style – V&A Alexander McQueen

FKA-Twigs-Vogue-13Mar15-PA__426x639 Erin-OConnor-Vogue-13Mar15-PA__426x639 David-Beckham-Victoria-Beckham-Vogue-13Mar15-Getty__426x639 Jacquetta-Wheeler-Vogue-13Mar15-Getty__426x639Last night was the opening to Alexander McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the celebs were out in force to celebrate its opening in style. Interesting choices were made by all and there was a variety of styles worn on the night. FKA Twigs Bird-of-Paradise inspired Alexander McQueen dress was certainly eye-catching and she definitely pulled it off, which is hard to do as it’s such a bright and quirky look with its large feathered detail and blue, green, orange and yellow shades. Erin O’Connor looked fab, as always, in a white plunging neckline dress with a beautifully fitted shape to the skirt and I loved the use of shoulder padding to create a high fashion tailored look. Victoria Beckham wore a busty black dress with cut out detail to reveal a little leg and smoky eyed makeup for dramatic look. Jacquetta Wheeler mixed it up a bit with a gorgeous, steely blue, strapless dress and although it was quite simple it gave her a really elegant and pretty look. One of the main trends seen last night was sheer lace dresses with Poppy Delevingne, Kate Moss, Caroline Sieber and Mary Charteris sporting the sexy look. These gothic style dresses gave a real edgy feel to their style and was a little more risky than safe which worked perfectly. Best get buying some Bridget Jones pants to wear under our new see through dresses gals!

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Valentino – Autumn/Winter ’15

valentino 2A little late writing this up but better late than never! The Valentino show. A beautiful array of graceful and creative runway pieces with dresses in scarlet red, monochrome patterning and intricate embellishment. As usual the use of fabrics was flawless with feminine and sultry dresses in black velvet, gothic leather with fringing and lace showing a little skin under sheer materials with frills. Sheer was definitely popular on this runway, with polka dot mesh making an appearance and low plunging necklines seen on fluid dresses. I love how Valentino dresses always have a fairy tale vibe to them, with their extravagance of detail such as the beautiful constellation dress with moon, stars and planet features which looked amazing! A favorite trend on the runway, and one which I have noticed and other shows this fashion season, is the use of thick knits layered over long skirts with boots, which is a great look for Autumn/Winter and easy to create from the high street brands! Great use of warm autumn shades was seen with greens, burgundies and oranges on short dresses and coats and rich golds were given a watercolor blend effect on long coats and skirts. And of course no one can forget the appearance of THE Zoolander and Hansel showing off the blue steel look! A fantastic surprise to find and a hilarious way to announce their second film, their outfits were pretty cool to!
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Saint Laurent – Paris Fashion Week

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The Saint Laurent show brought 90’s ‘Heroine Chic’ back to life, displaying the epitome of grunge style on the runway and making this one of my favourite fashion shows this year so far. All the looks were just so cool and gave the feeling of rock chick beauty queens on the catwalk with their ballerina skirt dresses, distressed tights and chokers. Makeup was bold and brilliant with bright red matte lipstick, smudgy black eyeshadow and sharp cheekbones. There was use of punky inspiration with mesh tops and bras under skinny tailored suits, leather and sheer materials teamed together and heeled pointed boots.  Animal print, polka dot, monochrome and shimmered fabrics were used on A-line prom style dresses, mini skirts and fur coats worn with thigh high boots. Looks were sexy and cool with the collection playing on the rock vibe by adding a little vampire-esque style in the form of a cloak coat worn with thick eyeliner, chocker necklace and a dead straight bob…simply brilliant design! Cut out detail was a big trend on the catwalk and it was great to see Saint Laurent sticking with what they know and creating cool, current and rocking clothing. saint laurent 2

#Denim

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Denim never truly goes out of fashion and is worn by many of us day in and day out in the form of a pair of jeans. Although this is a staple item you have to have in your wardrobe, it’s time to update the denim look a bit! Instead of buying a boring pair of denim jeans, start wearing denim jackets, skirts, dresses and jumpsuits ready for Spring/Summer. Here are a few of my high street pics that are cute and affordable!

05J12HIND_2_large  Topshop quilted denim jacket – £65

Quilting has been seen on runways over the past few fashion weeks and this jacket is a really great look for summer evenings over a pair of shorts or a mini skirt.

 image4xl (Buy on ASOS) Hilfiger Denim Pattern Jumpsuit – £90

Although a little expensive (but just treat yourself!) this gives a quirky take on a denim jumpsuit with its animal print patterning. A great look on holidays or on a nightout with a pair of sandal heels and a clutch.

05X14GIND_2_large Topshop Denim Roll Up Dungarees – £65

Always a fun and young look, the denim dungarees are a classic that come back time and time again into fashion, particularly in the summer season. The slouched design of these look extra comfy and laidback with a long sleeve patterned t-shirt.

image4xxl (Buy on ASOS) River Island Denim Shirt Dress – £40

Denim shirt dresses are a real sexy look, without looking too try hard, particularly when paired with some heels and a disheveled and relaxed hairstyle like loose waves. I love how the tie up belt of this dress cinches in the waist to create a lovely feminine shape, but without you having to breathe in all day!

Comptoir des Cotonniers

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I love these looks from Comptoir des Cotonniers Autumn/Winter collection of casual wear clothing. This laid back style is great inspiration for high street shoppers, such as myself, because the clothes are so adaptable and easy to wear. The use of high necks under leather jackets and button up shirts with suede fur coats gives a real cool look which can be worn for different occasions. I also like the use of tailoring particular the bright blue suit with a crisp white shirt to create a fun and quirky look to a masculine style. I will definitely be investing in a new blazer, mini skirt and roll neck top to recreate these outfits and invest in these staple pieces.