A/W 16 Fashion Week Round Up

Fashion week mania is in full force and as always, we’ve been following each closely. Here’s a low down of the up and coming trends for AW16. Yeah, we know we’ve just given you Spring Summer trends but it can’t hurt to know what the fashion kids know now. Here’s a little taste of the trends you can look forward to this winter.

1. We're going with Wheeler Dealer here. 

Think only fools and horses, east London wheeler dealer styling. This trend was the strongest of them all and was apparent across all cities. It has a preppy, laid back aesthetic with influences deriving from the 1980s New York hip hop and art scene and 1970s styling.

1. Del Boy, oh erm, Neil Barrett AW16 2. Burberry AW16 3. Check, mate, it's Coach AW16

2. You know it's got to be Military. 

Military references remain strong as a key trend for autumn/winter. This time round this trend has been injected with a modern update by the inclusion of the following key details; belting, ½ waist belt, hardware/chunky dog buckles, d-ring fastenings, taping, harnessing and innovative use of faux layering.  What is key in this trend are details and imaginative new ways of applying strapping and fastenings. 

1. Iceberg AW16 2. Iceberg AW16... wire mask optional

3.  It's The New Casual

 Retro sportswear continues to be apparent in menswear, particularly highlighting the mod pieces. The traditional retro sports of bold primary colours and sports striping are still visible, but with an update in the increasingly merging line between sportswear and tailoring.  Sportswear pieces can be seen in fabrics traditionally used for tailored pieces and vice versa, this crossover is also evident across the styling of the two fashion avenues to create a relaxed but smart aesthetic.

1. Paul Smith AW16 2. Burberry AW16, tops get sports, trousers get shiney

4.  Hybrids

 A really exciting new venture for menswear was the cross over of staple pieces to create entirely new hybrid items. Imagine two of your favourite jackets and combining them to create one jacket. This trend is a breath of fresh air, as it introduces no limits, revitalizing creative thinking in terms of what you would expect to see within the menswear fashion industry and on the high street.  

1. Moschino AW16's hoodie/bomber, homber? 2. Astrid Andersen gets winter ready with big mittens

5. The New Lengths we go to every season

New shapes are introduced not only in key items but also in relation to the styling of these key items forming disproportionate shapes. Awkward lengths of elongated and cropped proportions are layered upon each other forming intriguing new looks. Think of how you would traditionally style your wardrobe and twist, muddle and reverse this to create a whole new take on your outfit – this trend is to be had fun with!

1. Raf Simons has his layers down 2. Warm hands, warn heart at Agi & Sam AW16

6. Fresh Prints - prints direction

We've seen hand drawn/written aesthetic  as a key design reference at Kenzo, with abstract doodles and line drawings from Yohji Yamamoto. Western Themes are strong too and there's camouflage prints that will work into the military trend well from Moncler. 

1. Line drawings from Yohji Yamamoto 2. 90's styles at Kenzo AW16 3. Moncler feature camo for AW16... can you see it?