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Streetwear and Tailoring Collide at London Fashion Week: Men’s

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Men’s fashion has one foot in streetwear and the other in modern tailoring. The street style at London Fashion Week: Men’s offered a glimpse at how these two categories will co-exist in the coming seasons.

Traditional gabardine jackets—a London signature—were worn boxy and oversized. Down-filled vests were layered over rather than under coats. Another was decorated with a collage of bootleg designer logos including Louis Vuitton, Supreme, Balenciaga and Burberry check.

Handsome checks were a mainstay across men’s car coats and macs. Checked suiting with flared trousers, polyester leisure suiting, jackets with contrasting lapels and chest hair confirmed a ’70s revival in men’s wear. Others took a Lennon approach to ’70s styling with small sunglasses, suede coats and fur collars.

Ill-fitting dark gray trousers (a.k.a. Dad trousers) balanced vintage T-shirts and metallic jackets. Split hem trousers puddled over chunky footwear, while others cropped at the ankle to reveal statement footwear like Maison Margiela’s split toe boots.

The utility trend continued with khaki-color cargo pants, flight jumpsuits and tactical vests. These pieces were punctuated with pops of orange, via Nike sneakers, high-collar sweaters and accessories like belts and reusable water bottles. Orange was also an essential part of fashion week goers’ athletic-inspired looks, which embraced technical fabrics like Adidas windbreaker pants and head-to-toe nylon outfits.

This sportive feeling was carried into streetwear-inspired get-ups. Outerwear by Iceberg and metallic puffers lingered, though the all-American varsity jacket and teddy bear coats showed signs of becoming the next novelty pieces filling men’s wardrobes. Pieces by The North Face were also popular. The brand’s inky blue jacket paired well with jeans, while its purple puffer vest was worn with an orange hoodie and jumpsuit in Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, Classic Blue.

And laser-printed denim fit right in with the trend for all-over prints that spanned camouflage and tie-dye, to lavender florals and sperm.

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