London for more than 300 years has built its menswear industry as the source for style and innovation. London continues to influence city streets, catwalks and stylish men the world over, as it remains one of the top cultural hub and center of luxury trade since the sixteenth century.
The fashion capital of menswear has been providing clothes and the attitude to dress gentleman, celebrities, rockers, rappers, kings, aristocrats, rebels and bohemians. The city itself is home to some of the best shops, showrooms and fitting rooms of London’s tailors and retailers.
London collections men a/w16 (LCM) kicked off the international fashion month on Jan. 8, featuring some of the top autumn-winter 2016 collections of over 70 British and international designers. LCM is one of the top shows in menswear because of its distinctive combination of streetwear inspired fashion. London has built itself to being the historically, culturally and geographically central in the world for menswear.
This season there’s been an huge shift as the new generation of radical British menswear designers begin to take center stage as they combine applications of technology and social media to help redefine the parameters of menswear and its role in the fashion industry at-large.
Check out the biggest trends from London Collections Men’s A/W16
Elongated Sleeves: The grudge sleeve where its look as if you’re pulling your sleeves over your was heavy on the runway on shirts, sweaters, hoodies and jackets.
Futuristic: Star wars definitely made an impact on menswear this year on the runway of LCM showed looks inspired from desert warriors to fighting sandstorm.
Over the knee outerwear: Although the cropped bomber has become a must have in menswear stay tune as the over the knee coats made its mark in menswear fashion this season. Military uniforms, Shearling, wool with sharp tailoring and double breasted style looks will be among some of the hottest musts haves of 2016.
Athleisure/Sporty: Punk inspired sporty leisurewear designers used extra-large emojis, or “stickers” cartoon characters on jackets, pajama tops, tracksuits and jumpers. Hockey, baseball, basketball and boxing themes rule the runway.
Workwear: the 1970s workwear definitely brought that 1970s blue-collar theme looks that included plaid, hi-vis jackets, leather jackets, headwear and chunky boots.
Oversized: Loose fit ruled the runways and is making a strong comeback as designers fill menswear with oversized sweaters, sweatshirts, loose trousers, jackets and denim. The looks all features 70s and 90s inspired looks that are longer and roomy shapes for 2016.
Bold Stripes: Thick, big and bold stripes were standout on the runway and will make a huge splash in menswear next summer most of the style were generally white contrasted with either light blue or black.
Animal Prints: Safari style animal prints were heavy on the runway at London collection AW16
Color Trends: Storm colors were this season’s color palette theme at LCM AW16 color included Grey, black and dark blue.
Androgyny: This trend is definitely strong in menswear as gender bender styles comes front and center with cropped jackets and Avant-garde styles.
Minimalist: menswear revolution is the use of more clean lines, simple patterns, and neutral tones.
Glam Rock: David Bowie definitely lives on as the great musician and artist passes he continues to be an inspiration as glam rock rules menswear this season.