London Fashion Week Men's

10 things we learned from London Fashion Week Men's 2018

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By ShortList style director Adrian Clark

1. Tan is the new navy

  • Band of Outsiders

  • Berthold

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  • Chalayan

  • Qasimi

From toffee through to tobacco, neutral shades of brown with a warm and sweetened hue will be the backbone for your autumn wardrobe.

2. It’s OK to wear velvet in the day

  • Art School

  • Band of Outsiders

  • John Lawrence Sullivan

  • Lou Dalton

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Traditionally an eveningwear staple, plush cotton and silk velvets were hijacked for casual daywear, breathing new life into tailoring and casualwear as an update to this winter’s corduroy.

3. Tartan can make a brave statement

  • Astrid Andersen

  • Astrid Andersen

  • Bobby Abley

  • Charles Jeffrey Loverboy

Checks have been floating around for the past few season’s but a new found courage to flaunt bold plaids has injected some daring into the ubiquitous menswear trend.

4. You will never complain of the cold again

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  • Alex Mullins

  • Astrid Andersen

  • Blood Brother

  • Liam Hodges

Quilting was major, used for the obvious outwear staples such as parkas and coats.     

5. Men in skirts is officially a thing

  • Astrid Andersen

  • Astrid Andersen

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  • Charles Jeffrey Loverboy

  • Tourne de Transmission

Fashion has been trying to get men back into skirts since the 1980s, with varying degrees of success. Partly due to the gender debate being so hot right now, kilts and pleated skirts have never looked more acceptable.

6. Scarlet will help you stand out from the crowd

  • Band of Outsiders

  • Daniel W. Fletcher

  • Phoebe English Man

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  • Xander Zhou

Fire engine red replaces this season’s obsession with construction worker orange as the loudest bright to flirt with come autumn.

7. Supersize your scarf

  • D. Gnak

  • E. Tautz

  • Liam Hidges

  • Matthew Miller

Scarves continue to be a popular way to accessorise looks for millennial men, for autumn 2018 think more is more and imagine your favourite scarf after a course of steroids.

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8. You are never too old to wear braces

  • Blood Brothers

  • Bobby Abley

  • J JS Lee Man

  • Liam Hodges

Hybrids of the dungaree or bib-and-braces were the unexpected outsider witnessed on the catwalks.      

9. Don’t buy clothes to fit

  • Qasimi

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  • Craig Green

  • Edward Crutchley

  • J JS Man Lee

The oversized silhouette of roomy trousers, jackets with exaggerated shoulders and coats that literally engulf the body shows no evidence of losing steam.

10. Leather is bucking the ‘70s revival

  • Charles Jeffrey Loverboy

  • Daniel W. Fletcher

  • John Lawrence Sullivan

  • Qasimi

Series like The Deuce and Vinyl have reignited an interest in leather trousers… they don’t have to say ‘aging rocker’.