The flurry of trends spotted at London Collections: Men was confirmed, while a handful of new ones emerged.
With just enough sportiness to tick off two trends at once, the bomber jacket featured in even greater numbers this season. The best from Milanese designers introduced new fabrications, unusual contrast panelling or new details such as embroidery.
There was a continued focus on lightweight, unlined and unstructured outerwear. Technical fabrics and sporty details lent an athletic edge, which also channels the evolving sportswear trend.
We saw it on the catwalks of London Collections: Men and on the stands at Pitti Uomo - Milan was also awash with colour, the brighter and bolder the better. Again, there were two camps: primary colour blocks or pastel shades.
The return to denim continued in Milan, with Prada’s indigo-drenched, top-stitched show confirming it as a must-have for spring 15. As well as jean trousers, look out for denim outerwear layers, shirts, shorts and classic western-style jean jackets.
Print and pattern
Be bold and back this season’s print and pattern focus, although do remember you can buy into this trend incommercial ways. A more muted palette makes prints wearable to all, while single statement items easily tick off the trend.
If some of the season’s bolder prints and patterns might not work for your customers, stripes are another trend worth betting on - pick from a range of skinny pinstripes right through to thicker candy stripe styles.
Milan’s trends to watch:
The tailored jackets and blazers of Milan focused on a double-breasted silhouette, ranging from a louche and casual 2db through to tightly tailored 8db styles. Full matching jacket and trouser suits were seen, but mismatched jackets and trousers nodded to a ‘broken’ suit trend.
Nearly all shows featured some sort of summery men’s sandals. As well as casual styles, many designers elevated the look with luxe leathers and details for a smarter spin.
Several designers favoured trousers and shorts with a baggier, wide-leg look. There were more directional and exaggerated styles on the catwalk, but a slightly wider and looser silhouette was reflected overall.