6 Top Trends from LFWM SS20
Words by Edi Adegbola
The runways have been walked, the cocktails have been drunk, and the air kisses have been kissed. London Fashion Week Men's is over for another season.
Now that the dust has settled, let's take a look at the styles that dominated this season - on and off the catwalks.
Here are six key styles from LFWM Spring/Summer 2020 that can be worn right now.
Soft and luxurious, satin made its presence felt in Kiko Kostadinov's patterned bomber jackets and matching shorts, Charles Jeffrey's cape-like coats and Edward Crutchley’s shirts. Also seen at Craig Green, as well as outside on the streets, it looks like this summer is going to be smooth and silky.
Block primary colours, or Studio ALCH's day-glo looks; matchy-matchy co-ordinated outfits dominated this season. Alongside this trend was tonal dressing - wearing items in similar but not identical shades - as seen in neutrals-loving Belstaff and Edward Crutchley's mauve looks.
While the trend for bum bags (or fanny packs, depending on which side of the Atlantic you live) seems to be going nowhere, now we have even more places to keep our bits and bobs, as large pockets made a similarly large appearance at LFWM. Part of the ongoing utilitarian trend, pockets a plenty were seen on newcomer Tokyo James' overshirts while, ever the adventurers, Belfstaff's outerwear alos featured plenty of space for your knick-knacks.
One standout, particularly in street style, was pairing tailoring with vests. In the heat of summer (once it actually arrives), you can take a leaf out of David Gandy or Darren Kennedy's book and ditch the shirt with just a vest under your blazer. For some runway inspiration, try one of Qasimi's vests or the cut-out knitted one from Stefan Cooke in hot pink to make a real statement.
Whilst the weather didn't quite hold up to its end of the bargain during LFWM, the trend for shorter-than-short trews shows no signs of abating. Kiko Kostadinov, E. Tautz and Lou Dalton weren't afraid to show off some upper thigh, to name a few, alongside several people attending the events. (Disclaimer: perhaps wait till you've got a bit of a tan to try it for yourself.)
Another trend that shows no sign of slowing down from season to season is the camp collar. Also known as the cuban or revere collar, these continue to pop up in designers' collections and on the bodies of street style icons. Worn unbuttoned at Edward Crutchley, or spread over the lapels of blazers at Oliver Spencer, this look isn't going anywhere.