Industry insiders share their thoughts.
The most exciting for me is the return of Haider Ackermann menswear for spring 14. This is his second collection [Ackermann showed his first and only men’s collection so far for spring 11] and has a very romantic feel throughout. Particularly the silk satin jacquard prints tailored into beautiful eveningwear, such as unstructured reversible bomber jackets (pictured).
This year is one of the most pattern- and print-infused autumn seasons I’ve seen in a long time, which is really exciting. Brands’ confidence to push boundaries against convention is great. We bought into design-led features on classic silhouettes. The same can be said for spring 14, as we’ve invested in colour and prominent patterns on timeless pieces, for example at Uniforms for the Dedicated (spring 14, pictured).
One of the most exciting labels for us is Barena (pictured). As soon as we put a new delivery on the shopfloor pieces are selling straight away. This season, it’s a really strong, wearable collection. It’s very tactile, with a big emphasis on fabrics such as tweed and wool and there’s some bold colour combinations such as a bright yellow gold with navy. Jackets, waistcoats and scarves have been selling well.
I’m still excited by the British heritage trend, which customers are still responding well to for autumn. It seems to me that men still want that really heritage feel for winter, with items like tweed blazers and brogues. British brands feel exciting at the moment too; labels like Grenson (pictured) and Without Prejudice are already selling well as always. Holland Esquire looks really good, in terms of its attention to detail and great mix of fabrics.