September 24, 2014

Mens Winter Fashion - 2014/15

As the colder months draw in, attention is surely drawn to what trends one should buy into from the current season. The mens winter fashion runways were awash with a multitude of different sartorial offerings this year, so take a retrospective glance at 5 eminent looks from London's AW14 collections.

Check Mate

Checks are the ideal pattern to adopt if you want to make an understated impact. An easy-to-wear, versatile trend, a checked piece is a mens winter fashion staple.

Opt for a punchy monochrome Masai check as seen on the runway at Agi & Sam, go vibrant and garish with Jonathan Saunders' characteristically bold designs, or adopt Alexander McQueen's punk-inspired tartan.

Alexander McQueen Tartan Check 

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The Gentleman

A number of key London-based houses explored the stereotype of the English gentleman, evoking images of a range of iconic figures. Fiction's best-loved detective Sherlock Holmes was the focus at E.Tautz, who presented a selection of Ulster coats in various checked designs, styled with traditional Homburg hats.

Hackett drew on the idea of the gentlemanly explorer, infusing traditional tailoring with a sense of the intrepid. Impeccably cut tweed suits were accompanied by oversized vintage suitcases, backpacks and cameras, recalling nostalgic images of wealthy travellers.

E.Tautz Ulster Coat

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Slim Jim

Wide, regular or slim, it can be difficult to choose which trouser cut you're going to invest in for the forthcoming season. The AW14 runways have made the choice quite clear however, your mens winter fashion staple for the coming months is a pair of precisely tailored slim slacks.

A flattering slim-cut trouser is the ideal pairing for any sartorial mood. Paired with Casely-Hayford's grunge-inspired prints, Christopher Kane's scientific molecule motif, or Tom Ford's vibrant tailored jackets, they are perfect for balancing out a more statement-making upper half. Ensure you're wearing them slightly cropped at the ankle for that all-important 60s-inspired aesthetic.

Casely-Hayfords Jackets

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Autumnal Hues

Befitting the season, the dominant palettes on the London runways were a mix of rich, earthy tones. Gieves and Hawkes and Richard James presented formal looks in tonal brown hues, providing an on-trend alternative for black-tie events.

Wine-coloured tones were also prolific – go all out like Richard Nicoll and work with an entire outfit that variates on the theme, or opt for bold colour with neutral slacks as seen at Jonathan Saunders.

 Gieves and Hawkes Jacket

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Fresh Faced

When it comes to the new season, you might also be wondering which grooming choices to make. The mens winter fashion runways were jam-packed with a host of different suggestions, but there is one clear winner. Bearded men take note, this might be time to pick up your razor – the London collections touted a distinct lack of facial hair. Clean-shaven and fresh-faced, the models at LC:M often had a boyish, youthful look.

As for the hair? Slicked-back and side-parted is the way to go for AW14, and as an additional bonus, the wet-look is very compatible with the rain. Take cues from Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Miller and Richard Nicoll, and freshen up your look with even breezier grooming.

Richard Nicoll

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Jessica Spires
Features And Fashion Writer