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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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

Alexander Wang – New York Fashion Week

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Alexander Wang gave a gothic show of studded backpacks, chunky buckled boots, zips, chain details and edgy beauty. Models sported a wet hair look with dark eyeshadow which added to the grungy theme of the show, they marched down the runway with trends of smart tailoring with ankle skimming trousers and velvet collared waistcoats over leather tops. The use of chunky buckled boots and bandage wedge sandals created a strong look which mixed perfectly with the tailored dresses and trouser suits. Large coats and jumpers with studded detail were seen on the runway with very little use of colours, instead metallics and dark shades were key with the designer making use of sportsluxe trends with the shiny zip up jacket over a sheer skirt. One of my favorite trends was the use of layering of different fabrics,  leather, sheer and velvet fabrics were used over one another creating a high fashion look with sleek and cool detail and these little details such as cut out detail on high neck dresses, padded coats and fringed hemming of skirts were one of the highlights and strongest trends in the show.

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The Grammys – Red carpet top picks!

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The Grammys was a fabulous and glitzy array of beautiful people in jaw-dropping outfits last night, with a variety of styles and trends found on the red carpet. Not only were there the usual stunning dresses by the likes of Elie Saab (worn by Taylor Swift) and Prada (worn by Rita Ora), but quirky choices were also seen by the likes of Charlie XCX who wore a suit by Moschino with a pink bow tie and the eye-catching and Disney princess-esque couture Giambattista Valli gown, worn by Rihanna. However to go with these statement outfits, natural beauty was a key trend found on the night, with celebs playing down the makeup with simple and effortless updos, nude lips and a little eyeshadow seen on Chrissy Teigen and Ciara (above). Another trend was plunging necklines to reveal a little cleavage and add some va va voom to the outfit which could be seen on the likes of Beyonce (wearing Proenza Schouler), Lady Gaga (wearing Brandon Maxwell) and Kim Kardashian who wore a daring Jean Paul Gaultier gown with her brand new short haircut, which really added edge to her look. My favorite outfit of the night had to be Taylor Swift’s as she always gets it right with a fun, young look which dares to be a little different. This Elie Saab dress looked amazing, particularly with the choice of pink heels to add a little more pop to the outfit along with Lorraine Schwartz and Ofira jewelry.

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Looks like it’s time to man up girlies and purchase a stylish and chic trouser suit! Tailored looks have been huge on the red carpet this year with Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Madonna stepping out in gorgeous and elegant suits, blouses and sharp jackets as a new and different look which has impressed at most events! Simple, laidback and on trend, the trouser suit is a must have!