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Capsule Trend: Men’s 1970s style

Silhouettes and styling elements from the 1970s inspire a fresh new look for men in A/W 11/12

Just as the 1970s continued to inform womenswear for A/W 11/12 (see our Country Girl trend, Drapers, April 8),

its influence on menswear was also strong. Classic menswear pieces from the period - such as slim-fitting flares, tight polo-neck sweaters and skinny double-breasted suits - featured heavily on the catwalks in a look we feel will be adopted widely on the high street.

Key 1970s-style items and details

Full-length blazers with tapered, vase-like waists give shoulders a more masculine shape and complement slim-fitting flared trousers (see Gucci for inspiration).

A familiar and iconic 1970s theme, safari shirts and suiting feature classic pleated patch-pocket construction and subtle uniform-inspired detailing.

Micro-scale repeat prints have a silk jacquard tie-inspired feel that also mirrors the classic trademark monogram patterns used by luxury houses of the era - Gucci, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton (see WGSN Original Artwork, pictured).

Suede (as at Roberto Cavalli) is an important story from a 1970s rock ‘n’ roll-inspired point of view and has a nostalgic, almost kitsch appeal when used in contrast geometric patterns.

Slim-fit polo-neck sweaters are an important casual layering piece that also work effectively with tailoring to capture a strong 1970s mood.

Used for longer-length coats with a practical - as well as showy - feel, both natural and dyed sheepskin are key fabric directions (as at Salvatore Ferragamo).

Wide-peaked lapels are a tailoring detail synonymous with the 1970s, but are a little extreme for the contemporary suiting market, so pared-down versions feel more commercial.

The flared trouser is another iconic piece closely associated with the period, and again needs to be approached in a more understated way (see our key shape for inspiration).

WGSN’s Capsule Trends guide you through a season’s key trends, highlighting catwalk and cultural

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