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Goth Touches Down at London Fashion Week Men’s

Black is back, but with an edge.

Fashion show goers at London Fashion Week Men’s this week made a case for goth-inspired fashion.

Black leather trench coats, waxed dusters and The Matrix-style suiting diced up the mass of mad plaid, neon accessories and après-ski gear streetwear junkies sported at the fashion events. And as with most trends to infiltrate street style, goth returned with strong references from the ’80s and ’90s.

Skeleton motifs, black latex tops, silver charmed jewelry, black tulle and apocalyptic cargo vests were among the new and traditional ways Londoners interpreted trend.

The boxy shape of thrifted men’s button-front leather jackets appealed to both men and women. The simple jacket, with soft shoulders and minimal seaming, was paired with nondescript items like solid color turtle necks, pleated trousers and leather sling bags for a true time warp look.

Black leather trench coats cut a more aggressive look with bold shoulders borrowed from the ’80s. Shoulder epaulets and cinched belts emphasized the dramatic silhouettes. Waxed canvas versions were a practical option for London’s damp weather. Long black wool coats were voluminous and worn with baggy bottoms and chunky black sneakers.

Wide leg trousers, baggy jeans and velvet bell-bottoms balanced the larger-than-life toppers, but there was still room for skinny jeans. Shredded denim, leather moto-inspired knee patches and multiple zippers gave the skinny silhouette some bite.