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.

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Celeb Style: Poppy Delevingne

ImageProxyPoppy Delevingne, sister of top model and one of the coolest celebs about; Cara Delevingne is certainly not shadowed by her sisters style, as she continues to showcase her fun and chic wardrobe. Poppy who has already established herself in the modelling world always looks on point at star studded events, wearing fabulous statement outfits. At the Vanity Fair Oscars party Poppy stunned in an Emilio Pucci flamenco style dress, with added choker and smoky shades of lippy and eye shadow for a dramatic look, while at the Save the Children Gala she radiated natural beauty in a plunging silk slip dress with jeweled detail, highlighting her ability to mix up her fashion. The 29 year old model is also the Queen of laidback looks and can be commonly found with cool boho styles with plaited hair and loose airy dresses, while also having fun with her style seen when she wore the piano keyboard Emilia Wickstead shirt dress with cool messy hair. Poppy Delevingne is one of the best for fashion inspiration, particularly when looking for something easy and fun, she can pull off bright blue trousers suits and suede girly dresses, a definite favorite celeb of mine and a model who seems to be getting cooler and cooler with age.
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Boss in Blue

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Boss’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection boasted beautiful hues of blue in the form of a two tone cocoon coat, blue animal print tailored suits and collared dresses. This pastel shade is a classic and my favorite Spring/Summer shade, particularly styled in this way with black shoes and accessories to create a chic and smart look. Here I have found a few powder blue pieces to throw into your wardrobe to nail this future trend before the rest!
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Platforms are a hit at the moment, particularly with the 70’s trends which are key for Summer 2015 and can be found in all the highstreet shops and department stores. I love these Zara Leather Platform Heels £49.99 as they have a suede finish (another on point trend) and the chunky heel makes them so much easier to strut in. Wear them with some black highwaisted shorts and a flowy tucked in blouse for a pretty summer look.

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High neck jumpers were commonly found in the collection and would be a fab way of making use of this shade. This comfy and relaxed French Connection Spring Mozart high neck Jumper for £69, will create a relaxed look paired with some skinny ankle grazing black jeans and some black and white patent flats (like Boss styling) and a cute matching mini tote bag.

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Cocoon coats are going to be big this fall with designers such as Max Mara using them in shows over 1950’s style pencil skirts and knit jumpers. This coat is a huge bargain and perfect to grab now while it’s on sale ready for the autumn and perfect for when it gets a little chilly on summer nights. This Missguided Lena Oversized Cocoon Coat Powder Blue for £20 would look fab for casual looks of jeans and jumpers or to be worn to drinks in the city over a mini dress.

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This is a very simple piece, but from the looks of it mini skirts are very much a stylish piece at the moment and would be worth grabbing to wear on nights out or casually with an oversized jumper and some Nike trainers. This Pretty Little Thing Emilia Powder Blue Crepe Mini Skirt is only £6 and a basic staple piece for your wardrobe this summer.

Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet

bbma awardsThis years key trend at the Billboard Music Awards hosted in Las Vegas was definitely to opt out on a dress and instead wear some of the most fab trouser suits, jumpsuits and playsuits designed by top names such as Balmain, Elie Saab and Fausto Puglisi. As seen in the image above, A-listers such as the beautiful Chrissy Teigen had fun with their red carpet fashion by wearing retro styles with the sexy plunging neckline, 70’s retro stripe print and flared leg. Both Stefani Scott and Zandaya went for trouser suits/ co-ords with girly crop tops in bold prints, while Stefani looked quirky and awesome in high waisted red trousers and rose print bralet, Zandaya showed off her amazing figure in legging style trousers in a black and white animal print. However my favourite looks came from 3 celebs in particular and these I will run through below.

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift the ‘Bad Blood’ star absolutely stunned in this awesome Balmain, cut out, sparkle, flared jumpsuit. Although it was such a simple look, it was definitely one of my favourite red carpet looks the star has gone for and showed off her girly and fun side with a huge splash of glitter glamour.

Olivia Culpo

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Beauty Queen Olivia Culpo went for something a little different to everyone else which I really loved and unlike some looks you love on the red carpet but couldn’t wear yourself, this Elie Saab black sparkle playsuit would be so great even for a night out on the town. Her slicked back and dead straight hair really added to this downplayed and chic look and it was all about the little shiny details, with jeweled heels and big jeweled earrings.

Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenners look was obviously going to be great as she was wearing Balmain (an obvious winner on the red carpet this year!), but what was most exciting about this look was that it will soon be available to H&M shoppers! Yes! This is Balmain x H&M, the high street brand is collaborating with Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing to bring some amazing pieces to selected stores so watch out for this beautifully detailed velvet cross over jacket, which will definitely be on my shopping list!

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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#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.

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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.