Friday, 28 October 2016


We know it's still the height of summer, but it's not long until the autumn/winter '16 collections start arriving in shops - so now's the time to get organised. Here, we look back at the mens shows at London Collections Men, and in Milan and Paris - and we’ve distilled everything the designers want to see us wearing this time next year into ten solid trends. Want to know the future of men's fashion now? Read on for the top trends you need to master now for autumn

While there was a strong representation of your traditionally autumnal navies, blacks, greys and dark greens, the colour that really stood out at the shows was copper. Replenish your stocks of the rich, orangey-brown shade now.

If you're not quite ready to start wearing your sweatshirt selection, try using a knitted polo shirt as a slightly lighter layer of insulation as the temperature dips. Across the catwalk we saw this item thrown casually over shirts and T-shirts, and slipped under slouchy, sporty suiting. At Bally they were even worn layered over fine-gauge rollnecks (toasty). For best results invest in two or three fine knit iterations in different solid colours with minimal branding for maximum versatility with your existing wardrobe.

The trend for bomber jackets shows no sign of abating anytime soon - however, this season the item is going higher-end than ever. Not only did we see a whole swathe crafted out of luxurious velvets, leathers and wools, but many had rich embellishment work incorporated into the design. Whether its beautifully intricate hand embroidery or interesting badges sewn onto the surface, look out for a bomber with that extra detail this coming cold season.

For obvious reasons, the autumn shows are all about outerwear - and this season no coat shape was more popular than the duffle coat. Camel was the most popular colour to crop up, but there were plenty of designers giving their own design tweaks to the hooded toplayer, including extending the length or chopping the sleeves off (such as at Maison Margiela) or cutting it from plasticised material (such as Stuart Vevers at Coach).

Forget about big wooly scarves, neckerchiefs are the new way to protect your neck this cold season. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we saw this trend more on the Paris catwalks, but there was plenty of representation in London and Milan too. To be bang-on trend, look out for something in a cotton-silk mix busting with pattern and colour - or simply tie on a bandana and let its tails hang loose over your jumper. If you're really committing to the look, invest in a woggle too - cub scout vibes just got cool

High shine fabric was seen across the board at the A/W ‘16 shows. Silk shirts were perhaps the most obvious - and easiest - way to get on the trend (slip one on under a suit), but leather trousers and silken or nylon outerwear (such as the bombers and parkas at Ami) were also well-represented on the catwalks.

Good news for any Blizzard Jonas sequels next year, shoes are going chunkier than ever. Whether you're a loafer or a lace-up man, soles are thick, stacked and rubberised, with hiking boots set to be a seasonal essential (and worn with everything in your wardrobe from tailoring to tracksuit trousers). Detailing is also getting far bigger, with exploded buckles and fringing notable especially in Milan and Paris.

After season bubbling under the surface, hems are finally loosening up next season. And while only the bravest (and slimmest) of us will be able to slip on a pair of flares, looser wool trousers (wider at the thigh and foot) are seriously easy to wear. Even sleekest-of-the-sleek Hermes is going hard on the trend: the vast majority of the trouser they showed had an elasticated waist - even with tailoring.

The logical conclusion of the silk shirt trend. There were definitely some bold versions of the matching pyjama shirt and trousers on the catwalks, however we saw it styled in a supremely wearable way at Valentino with a black turtleneck slipped underneath, as well as at Dolce & Gabbana - so don’t rule it out. Hey, we were right about boiler suits...


Despite unveiling the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus little over a month ago, Apple has now released a sleek new MacBook Pro. Last week the Cupertino-based company sent out invitations with the tagline, “Hello again" - a reference to the launch of the first Macintosh which introduced itself onstage take with the words, “Hello, I am Macintosh." And the latest laptop-focused Apple presentation was another milestone in the string of innovations that followed the 1984 event, with several never-seen-before features being added to the new MacBook Pro range.

The Touch Bar
This is the big change. Apple has ditched the laptop’s function keys, replacing them with a retina display Touch Bar. This thin strip, which sits above the keyboard, will display customisable function keys that adapt to the program in use. For example, if using media-centric programs such as Spotify and iTunes the TouchBar will display play, stop and pause keys.

Other useful Touch Bar features include predictive text and emoji options.

As a footnote, the introduction of the Touch Bar has meant that Apple has had to relocate the speaker grills, usually found at the back of the keyboard, to the sides of the keyboard.

And for those who want to avoid paying for the luxury of the Touch Bar, Apple has also launched a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with traditional function keys. The company created this laptop with the intention of it being an upgraded version of the MacBook Air.

Updated keyboard Apple Mac
Although still available in 13- and 15-inch sizes, the new MacBook Pro will be the thinnest and lightest MacBook, and will also include an all-metal design. Helped by the introduction of the flatter Butterfly key mechanism which first arrived on the MacBook in 2015, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro measures at a height of 1.49 centimetres, 31 millimetres shorter than the previous model, whilst the 15-inch Pro stands at 1.55 centimetres in comparison to its predecessor's 2.41 centimetres. These easy-to-type on keys will make for a sleeker body and a much lighter computer perfect for the morning commute.

Touch ID
Placed where the power button traditionally is, Apple has also introduced Touch ID to its new MacBook Pro, allowing you to unlock your laptop with the press of a thumb and also use one-touch payments for your online shopping. Bringing this function to the Mac makes sense given that Apple Pay now works on websites as part of the recently launched macOS Sierra update. Shopping spree much? Read up on the 10 menswear pieces that you need to buy this week.
USB-C ports
Apple is also killing off the traditional USB port. The new MacBook Pro will abandon the usual USB-A in favour of the slimmer and more practical USB-C which can be plugged into sockets in either direction, stopping users from stabbing blindly at sockets to charge and connect their kit. Unfortunately for MacBook Pro customers, they may need to invest in a few adapters.

Apple has also added a new Force Touch trackpad which is twice as large as its predecessor's.

43 Photo | FULL Collection Boss New York Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-To-Wear

Your morning men's fashion news update, direct from GQ HQ. Read on for the three most important talking points from the world of menswear today.
Selfridges have reported record sales for the tenth consecutive year
The retailer has reported a five per cent jump in gross sales to £1.4bn, despite a 1.9 per cent drop in operating profits in its full year results. The company invested £300m into its London flagship store and online - a project which has already been running two years - marking an "unprecedented level of investment" for the retailer. It's this investment that has taken its toll on margins. This will mark the tenth consecutive year of record sales for the department store which welcomes over two million shoppers in store and online every year.
Retail director at John Lewis quits
Mark Lewis has resigned from his position just two days after a new managing director was appointed. Paula Nickolds is taking the place of Andy Street as managing director, who is departing to pursue a career in politics. Lewis, who was online director prior to 2015, will leave the department store to head Money Supermarket, but will remain in the role over the busy Christmas period until 4 May 2017. Lewis said “It has been my privilege to work with a winning team, which I know will continue to successfully define the future of omnichannel retailing.” He will replace Peter Plumb at the price comparison website. (Full story at Retail Gazette).
Hugo Boss Clarifies CEO comments about focusing on menswear
Hugo Boss has clarified comments made by CEO Mark Langer after mounting speculation about the future of the brand. Langer told German business newspaper Handelsblatt that the brand was looking to "abandon the luxury market and go back to its roots of selling premium men's clothing." However, a spokesperson for the brand has since announced that "we can confirm that we will focus more closely on our menswear collections. Hugo Boss will, however, be continuing its collaboration with artistic director Jason Wu who remains extremely important to us. Therefore womenswear will remain a key component of our medium-term growth strategy."
HUGO BOSS has clarified comments made by its CEO after they led to industry speculation about the future of its womenswear label.
Mark Langer told German business newspaper Handelsblatt that the brand was looking to "abandon the luxury market and go back to its roots of selling premium men's clothing", reported the Business of Fashion this morning. He added that "the effort to make inroads in the luxury market didn't prove to be particularly helpful for our business".
A spokesperson for the brand, however, has insisted that this will not affect its women's ready-to-wear line, which is currently designed by Jason Wu.
"We can confirm that we will focus more closely on our menswear collections. Hugo Boss will, however, be continuing its collaboration with artistic director Jason Wu who remains extremely important to us. Therefore womenswear will remain a key component of our medium-term growth strategy," we were told this afternoon.