One can always expect a touch of the anarchic at the London fashion shows, with even tailoring-focused brands like Casely-Hayford or Kent & Curwen working in details that are just slightly off-kilter. Craig Green, for instance, included a few looks resembling deconstructed priestly robes, while Topman Design paid homage to the ’80s with neon ensembles channelling a rainbow on acid.
And while Vivienne Westwood’s co-ed show reflects a greater industry trend towards shows integrating men’s and women’s collections, fashion’s favourite anarchic spirit put a different spin on things by putting a long-tressed male model in a frothy black tulle dress. We sifted through the mayhem and madness to bring you three wearable — yet decidedly unboring — trends for Fall/Winter 2017/18.
01: Relaxed trousers
Here’s an easy-wearing alternative to sweatpants, that athleisure staple that we are rather hoping will run its (marathon) course soon: Looser trousers with banded hems, seen at shows such as JW Anderson and Topman Design, which look smarter than sweats, while being just as comfy. For those who like their bottoms to be all-out billowy, there are also plenty of wide-legged options coming your way.
02: Arty details
For Fall 2016, designers could not seem to get enough of elaborate accents, from Stefano Pilati’s tone-on-tone embroidered details for his last collection for Ermenegildo Zegna, to the heavily beaded coats at Valentino. If the London collections are any indication, Fall 2017 will see this penchant for embellishment continue, from fringing and tufted polka dots (as seen at Casely-Hayford, above) to crocheted detailing (as favoured by JW Anderson).
03: Utilitarian style
With the tumult wracking the world of late, one could be forgiven for wanting to be clothed in styles that feel somewhat protective or at least, ready for action at any time. London Fashion Week Men’s offered a few suggestions: The military-inspired styles of Christopher Raeburn, which featured the use of a good amount of actual upcycled army supplies; and Craig Green’s minimalist, monochromatic outfits topped by sailor’s smock-like coats. In other words, stylish clothing that’s at your service.
Main image: Christopher Raeburn