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London Fashion Week Men’s (LFWM) opened the year with great success as designers showcased their best creations, giving us an insight into what is to be expected of the upcoming Autumn Winter 18 season.

Oversized silhouettes and technical constructions appeared to be a key theme amongst designers with large silhouettes, most often top-heavy looks, gracing the catwalk in a variety of styles while technical construction had a more utilitarian appeal.

Orange returns in full force for the AW 18 season as numerous designers displayed bright orange tones in heavy-duty and utility looks while azure blue popped up in head-to-toe looks and brown + blue combos, breaking the typical autumn colour palette.

Warm tones such as Madeira brown, medallion and desaturated olive provides the staple foundation colours for the upcoming season with interesting saturated pops of red.

The heritage trend reintroduces itself with a refreshingly new aesthetic as designers apply the print to panelling and trims on retro sports inspired garments in a variety of colourways.

Leather was a huge presence at LFWM with numerous designers opting for leather garments in a variety of styles, ranging from grunge styles to sports luxe looks and more tailored looks as Daniel W. Fletcher demonstrates, creating an ensemble with a tasteful edge.

Suited looks in winter fabrications such as Melton were casually styled, while sports fabrics remain present with designers across the board making use of the textile.

An abundance of velvet was sent down the catwalk in the form of suiting, blazers, overcoats and trousers with lustre varying amongst designers.

A few noticeable design details included large turn-ups on wide-legged trousers, carabiner clips adding an element of hardware, white on black contrast stitching, tattered and torn refabrications and quilting displayed in different shapes on a multitude of garments.

The graphic knit displayed text, abstract designs, and the two combined, in the colours of the season, proving to be one of the key items for AW 18. With leather having such a huge presence, leather jackets in a bomber, biker and trucker style became evident as well as leather pants.

The Sherpa jacket picks up momentum as well as the puffer jacket, however, in a more experimental approach as designers play with prints, silhouettes and lengths. Another key piece seemed to be the men’s skirt – as the gap between genders dissipates, gender-neutral garments become evident.

Trousers have become noticeably wider as designers opt for a 50’s inspired silhouette, calling back to the overall oversized key theme and widened turn-up detail.

Oriental influences were found across silhouettes, garment design details and prints such as narrative oriental graphics as well as geometric, origami-inspired panelling and prints.

Our top 5 picks include collections by Oliver Spencer, Astrid Andersen, Pronounce, Cottweiler and fashion-on-ice by Band of Outsiders.

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