Fashion Update: Autumn / Winter 2013-14
The end of summer and beginning of autumn always has that “back to school” feeling, even when you’re long past school days, so it’s always fun to indulge that feeling with some fashion updates to your wardrobe. (parka pictured left by Weekend Offender)
It’s that time of year when your summer staples start looking a bit wrong but you’re not ready for full on winter gear, so with a look to the new season trends and some savvy use of your existing wardrobe you can create an up to date autumnal wardrobe.
One of the biggest trends was rock 'n' roll dandies - think of this as The Strokes meet Oscar Wilde- all smoking jackets, blazers, printed silks teamed with a grungy vibe of leather or skinny trousers (as seen at Dries Van Noten , Alexander McQueen - pictured left and Etro). Whilst on the rocker tip, rockabilly style cropped up at Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders, Prada and Phillip Lim 3.1 – prepare your quiff styling skills, and look out for frock coats with velvet lapels.
New takes on traditional military or sportswear style such as Belstaff‘s sexed up Biggles look, or Burberry Prorsum’s tried and tested military styling - khaki coats and brass buttons. Also pinstripes all over suiting and oversized checks showed that traditional tailoring is on a lot of designer’s radars, but the traditions are given a twist with a modern and minimalist take or over-sizing proportions – extra-large or extra-long coats.
Bold prints rule, from paisley to florals, oversized monochrome and animal prints, and colours? Well, any shade of red or blue will do, with splashes of mustard and forest green. So a good blend of classic stand-bys with some boldness, colour, luxury and flamboyance thrown in for good measure.
On the edge of autumn it doesn't feel right to be diving head first into full on winter gear so some of the collections that had great transitional looks were some of the younger brands, APC, Acne, Band of Outsiders - pictured left. These brands featured a collegiate look- perfect for layering items over your summer wear; light knits over your Breton T shirt or checked shirt and add a corduroy or wool blazer, or a baseball or bomber jacket for working that back to school vibe.
Layering will see you through the beginning of the colder seasons, for a master class on layering look to Trussardi's 2013 autumn catwalk collection.
The Bottom Line
The reign of the skinny trousers continues, so you can still make good use of your slim fits into autumn, however for those looking for something a bit more fashion forward, drop crotch trousers, cropped and cuffed ankles were another trend on the catwalks.
A looser, 40s shape of trousers has been trending in the designer collections for a few seasons now, so there is some respite from the tyranny of the skinny, and, for those with the flair or dare, leather biker trousers were everywhere.
Out There Outerwear
Fortunately most men’s outerwear items are fairly classic and stay on trend for several seasons. So you can get your parka, puffa, Crombie, military style coats and varsity jackets out of storage. Black Scale pictured left have some great picks on www.threadsaddiction.com. However, if you are looking to update these key items – look for a modern take on the classics such as bold or bright colour or even prints on your parka or puffa.
The classic overcoat, whether Crombie style or double breasted with brass buttons was ubiquitous in the collections, but, as mentioned above, for a bang up to date twist oversize your overcoat. Biker jackets will be huge this season, so you can revive an old classic.
Fit for a Prints
Update your suit collection with a bold print, or take one piece of pinstripe or oversize checks and mix in with your autumn wardrobe. Perhaps the biggest print story was decadent silk prints (especially florals and paisley) on blazers, long coats and essentially dressing gowns and pyjamas! This is the look to inject a bit of glamour into your autumn wardrobe.
These colourful prints look great contrasted against black, and you could either follow the example set at Alexander McQueen with a vintage, almost uptight Victorian edge - super groomed hair (think Kenny Everett’s Marcel Wave), or go wild and louche teaming your silk prints with skinnies and velvets, worn with mussed up hair and attitude.
Written by Christina Kamester.