London Collections Men AW16 Highlights

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London Collections: Men AW16 has arrived in the capital to bring us the must-know menswear fashion trends for next year. See our highlights from men's fashion week.

London Collections Men AW16 Highlights

London Collections Men AW16 is the eighth edition of the biannual men's fashion week in the capital. Once again, the war between commercial and creativity wages on.

Menswear is becoming increasingly popular renewing commercial demands on fashion houses. This has seen a departure from some menswear staples.

London provides the backdrop of history and heritage in men's fashion. Yet, the four-day event is built on its ability to push the envelope.

The struggle between these two forces makes for compelling viewing. These are our highlights of London Collections: Men AW16.

Outerwear All The Way

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(Burberry from Drapers Online)

Sartorial offerings were fewer and further between than ever for AW16 fashion trends. This left outerwear and layering to provide mass-appeal.

Surprisingly, even Burberry moved away from their androgynous use of fabric seen in London Collections: Men SS16. Apart from the odd exception of a Breton stripe sequin top.

Meanwhile, Gieves & Hawkes provided classic shearling coats. Likewise, Belstaff took a more rebellious stance on menswear's favourite autumnal fabric.

The vast choice in coats and jackets shows that AW16 still sees men's fashion reaping the rewards of winter. Now there's plenty of choice to wrap up warm.

(Video from the British Fashion Council)

Knitwear or Nothing

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(J.W. Anderson from i:D Magazine)

Likewise, knitwear was out in full force with an unexpected nod to the return of the cardigan.

J.W.Anderson shared elongated, threadbare knits in their creative collection. Whilst, YMC showcased the mini-trend of patchwork in their ode to 60s hippy culture.

The once tired garment is now a reference to subcultures of old whether grunge or free love. It was also shown for its versatility. A must in the coming year.

(Video from the British Fashion Council)

Military Musings

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(Alexander McQueen from Dapper Street)

Alongside the outwear men's fashion trend there was the added utilitarian aspect. These were brought together by Alexander McQueen AW16.

Their military style jackets made punk were a beautiful mix of past and present, commercial and creative. Again, Burberry were seen dabbling in this motif.

The balance between functional and funky continues through AW16 adding new life and progress to the men's fashion industry.

(Video from Alexander McQueen)

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