Happy new year, and more importantly, happy new season. Autumn 14 is underway, with London Collections: Men officially kicking off the start of the season.
And by the time you read this, Pitti Uomo in Florence - still considered by many to be the central men’s event in the buying calendar - will have drawn to a close.
The coming weeks will see this magazine and Drapersonline.com packed with in-depth coverage of each of the key shows, ranging from fresh names at Berlin’s fringe events, to Scandi classics at Copenhagen Fashion Week and even the textile trends to watch from Première Vision in Paris.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who hopes this will be a strong and successful season, as brands and designers offer buyers something new and exciting to get everyone spending. For the past couple of seasons brands and buyers alike have spoken of a growing sense of optimism and renewed positivity. Hopefully we’ve come full circle now and this is the season that will get everything back on track - fingers crossed for a cold winter to help drive sales.
The Drapers fashion team has also been busy putting together the autumn 14 preview special editions, in which we create full photo shoots highlighting the season’s top trends, hero pieces and new directions. Look out for Menswear on January 18, Streetwear/Young Fashion on January 25, Womenswear on February 1 and Footwear and Accessories on March 1.