Minimalist designer Qasimi shows his Middle Eastern-inspired collection for AW17/18 at London Fashion Week Men’s. Walking the delicate line between pajamas fit for a prince and underground street wear, Qasimi’s collection, characterized by straight, simple line and long, floating scarves was a breath of fresh air for the coming season.

From pale pink robes to chartreuse turtlenecks, the colors and basic shapes of the collection immediately catch the eye. Outerwear in sheepskin, leather and knit covered the looks, and all were paired with slippers, again, giving us that desert nomad vibe.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Qasimi.

Songzio, a South Korean brand showed their AW17/18 collection entitled “Misanthrope” at London Fashion Week Men’s. The clothes take on a sartorial vision of traditional suits and fancy style, with Songzio’s Paint on Black look, where the designer paints on his pieces. Long trenches and oversize outerwear are an important part of the collection, and nothing seems to stray far from grey, black and brown, except for the occasional pop of orange.

An interesting take on ties should be noted, extra skinny or extra wide. Layered leather with knits, flashes of velvet and the occasional hat walked the runway as well.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Songzio.

Blood Brother showed their AW17/18 collection “Thames” at London Fashion Week Men’s, inspired by the underground subculture of the British Thames river. They consider themselves to design “men’s sartorial sportswear,” another designer added to the list of many British brands catering towards a shift in fashion away from the Savile Row suits and towards a more urban streetwear style.

The looks are modern and contemporary, using straight lines and black and navy with pops of bright orange. Long scarves, baseball hats and metal embellishments on belts and suspenders added detail.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Blood Brother.

Kent & Curwen is distinctly British. The AW17/18 collection, created by Daniel Kearns and British soccer star David Beckham at London Fashion Week Men’s focuses on outerwear. Featuring coats in every shape and style, BDMOTP is particularly drawn to the longer and shearling-lined coats, perfect for a chilly winter. Bomber jackets and blazers are for fall, and the army-green coats layered over blazers and shirts are appropriate for those blustery November days when you just don’t know what to put on.

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Their take on the military trend includes long, wool overcoats with gold buttons (if Beckham’s wearing it, we want it) and the aforementioned army green jackets. These take on that vintage feel but are still modern enough to feel relevant. Continuing with outerwear, warm knit scarves and pageboy caps complete many of the looks. There’s also an Ivy League feel to the collection, as one might see a student and Princeton or Yale sporting a button up sweater with a motif pocket or patched blazer.

The pieces are casual yet elegant and could be worn to work, on campus or for a weekend brunch or dinner out on the town. There’s something for every man in this collection, holding true to their English roots but still appealing to an international customer.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Kent & Curwen.

The Private White V.C. collection at London Fashion Week Men’s turned to unisex trends for the AW17/18 season. Cocktails, press, buyers and one dog wandered around the event, checking out the durable yet fashionable fabric choices for the coming season. Everyone’s whispering about the “Family Coat,” an androgynous style coat with an oversize fit that can work for anyone in the family.

Creating a broader range, one more inclusive of the changing world around us is never negative. As a female, I’ve always admired menswear and it seems like designers are stepping into new territory and opening their collections to a unisex customer, one not bound by gender norms that perhaps governed the fashion choices made by our parents or grandparents. I’m pleased to know I can now wear Private White V.C. alongside my male counterparts.

The family coat, among other unisex wear from Private White V.C. won’t compromise quality. As usual, the designs are classic but also relevant and always well-tailored. AW17/18 also brings layers, plaids, soft knitwear and military references.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos by Dan Watson for Private White V.C.

Belstaff presents a military collection inspired by naval and submarine at London Fashion Week Men’s, entitled the Jolly Rodger. The line takes inspiration in form of color and silhouette, with typical navy outerwear such as the peacoat and the parka. Of course, tones of blue and military green were incorporated, as well as navy.

Models posed against large metal cylinders to give off the feeling of being on a ship. Naval motifs and details are found through the garments, especially on the jacket and coats, which are an integral part of this unisex collection.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos from Belstaff.

Nigel Cabourn’s utilitarian style takes us into AW17/18 at London Fashion Week Men’s. The collection, which manages to turn comfortable and practical clothing into elegance, was covered in safari and military print. The garments were durable and ready for the wear and tear of a working man, or at least one braving the streets of London this winter. Actually, the collection is appropriate for women as well, and contains 20 unisex pieces that can be worn for ski trips or otherwise.

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This season, to celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary, the brand put forth a collection of not only urban casual wear but also ski wear. Cabourn explains that while his designs are typically based in British army wear, this season, he used Sweden’s military as the base of inspiration for his ski collection.

The camouflage style makes the items perfect for stylish street wear, but the clothes do serve a purpose: they’re made to last through all sorts of inclimiat weather conditions. Hopefully there’s some ski resorts near London!

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos from Ben Benoliel for Nigel Cabourn.

John Lobb footwear has been a staple in the London Men’s Fashion scene for many years now. Their special marbled leather look has been selling since the 1960’s, and the trend carries on for AW16, as well as shoes with suede finishes and curated sneakers. Within any collection, there’s always a favorite, and the wow item is the suede Jodhpur boot with a rubbers sole and a leather strap and buckle.

BDMOTP thinks the muted fall colors and elegant, classical styles, finished with a modern edge will appeal to all sorts of men as workwear or casual weekend footwear.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos from John Lobb.

Berthold’s AW17 collection at London Fashion Week Men’s could really be described in one word: oversize. The baggy, large silhouettes that dominated the collection seem to be a coming trend for fall.

We aren’t just seeing a wide-leg pant, of course. The oversize looks are happening in a whole new way, think extra long sleeves dangling beyond fingertips and turtlenecks covering noses, and not just for men, women also walked the runway.

Long and wide overcoats and plastic or fur trenches covered boxy shirts and pants. Large, lengthy tunics cover even larger pants. In an interesting turn, Berthold calls the colors of the collection “polar white, heavy black and bruise.” While BDMOTP would probably label them black, cream and wine/oxblood, Berthold’s creativity and larger than life garments are intriguing, and we are excited to see how this baggy trend will move forward in 2017/18.

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Posted by Lori and photos from Berthold.

What We Wear was quite possibly the most coveted collection at London Fashion Week Men’s for AW17. Created by rapper Tinie Tempah in hopes of offering garments to a more a youthful man, the collection reflects its title: wearable clothing that men feel comfortable dressing in.

The line was cool and urban, featuring jersey sweats with drawstring waist closures and funky tee shirts. The line was full of satin shorts and collarless coats layered over blue, white and grey separates with the occasional vertical thick striped shirt for a patterned pop. Most looks were accompanied by practical sneakers featuring the brands zig-zag logo.

The collection, while simple, seemed to accomplish its goal: comfortable, practical clothing for a young, urban gentleman.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos from What We Wear.

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