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TOP 10: LESSONS FROM MEN'S FASHION MONTH

30.01.15

Men's fashion month has come and gone in its own inimitable and inspiringly fashionable way. In Top:10 Lessons From Men's Fashion Month we highlight the key menswear moves that mattered across each of the major men’s fashion weeks to ensure that when AW15 arrives, you'll be well-versed in the season's most important trends.

CROSS THE LINE

In menswear checks and suiting are hardly the most unusual of pairings, but we’re fans of that old adage: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fit it’ – simply rearrange instead. On the runways and streets alike – or in the case of the above, great wall of Pitti Uomo – tailoring came awash with checks in all manner of sizes, colours, gradients and fabrications. In short, the options were endless. Prince of Wales or window pane, boldly sewn or barely there? For AW15 menswear’s love affair with crossing the line will offer up a delightfully diverse range of ways to wear tailoring; consider the checked suit your check mate.

HATS ON

From the practical and iconic to the impractical and outlandish (Pharrell, we’re looking at you) lovers of menswear everywhere ensured that their heads were dressed just as fashionably as the rest of their bodies. Whether influenced by the world of sportswear (grown-up baseball caps were in high attendance) or classic designs, the issue of hat hair was clearly far from the thoughts of many men's fashion month attendees.

ROLL WITH IT

Once confined to the wardrobes of academics and ramblers, the roll-neck jumper has slowly but surely ascended to become one of menswear’s most in-demand style hits. The beauty of the roll-neck jumper lies in its ability to bestow instant elegance onto its wearer, but also in its sheer variety. In super-fine cashmere or cotton, the design can be worn under suiting to stylish effect, while chunkier iterations of the design are the epitome of après-ski style. Consider all this alongside its unrivalled warmth, and it’s easy to see why the design looks set to populate the most fashionable men’s wardrobes for seasons to come.

TAILORING TURNED DOWN

For so many seasons, full, formal suiting has become a fixture of men’s street style, and while this was undoubtedly still the case this time around, we took most inspiration from suiting which strayed from the rule of sartorial tradition. Whether paired with T-shirts, chambray shirts or trainers, AW15 truly saw tailoring take on a new lease of life when dressed down.

AMERICANA REIMAGINED

Barely a season goes by without America’s golden age of menswear being referenced or riffed on. AW15 however abstracted Americana. The result was clearly all-American but it simultaneously felt bracingly fresh. Less preppy and more directional, AW15 reimagined the American dream through forward-looking menswear.

SPORTING PURSUITS

As menswear continues to become increasingly fatigued with tailoring-heavy seasons, luxury sportswear was a constant on the most stylish of men. Practical, comfortable and endlessly wearable, it’s hard not to get fully behind this trend which serendipitously marries fashion and function.

SWEPT AWAY

The question of how to best fashion your follicles was one met with reassuring certainty across each of the men’s fashion showcases. For the most stylish men hair was swept neatly (but not too neatly) backwards away from the face while a dull wax shine was the finish most favoured. And, although each lock was painstakingly placed, the result - as so often is the case - looked infuriatingly effortless.

THE BLUES

It is often opined that blue is something of a mainstay in menswear, a part of the background rather than a statement-making shade. Men's style aficionados beg to differ. Whether at London Collections: Men or Pitti Uomo, the shade appeared in every variation imaginable from inky midnight navy to piercingly bright blue. But, rather than taken in isolation, the most aesthetically pleasing use of blue came - as above - when paired together.

TAKE FLIGHT

Soft, shaggy and the sartorial antithesis of sharp minimalism, shearling was liberally worn both on the runways and on the streets outside the shows. Migrating from its native placing on the collar of a leather jacket to appear on everything from shirt pockets to shoes, for us the classic aviator jacket endures as the most flattering use of the fabric. Invest now, wear forever.

BLACKOUT

Head-to-toe black ensured that the very darkest of shades emerged supreme as menswear's colour of choice for AW15. Replacing AW14's preoccupation with shades of grey, the look relied on subtle tonal variations and contrasting textures to give a seemingly monotonous trend surprising vitality. Grown up yet never Gothic, this menswear trend looks set to endure for the whole year long.

Discover street style, interviews and trend analysis from LC:M AW15 here