London Collections: Men (12-15 June) came to a close on Monday night. The four-day event served up closer to 80 catwalk shows and presentations as well as a 68-strong showroom lineup. Here, a rundown of the key trends that emerged on the runway and among the fash pack.

Large blooms and roomy trousers at J.W. Andersen
Large blooms and roomy trousers at J.W. Andersen
Alongside defined workwear influences, hybridizations marked many collections – both in terms of construction and cultural influence. Paneling, frequently in contrasting color, gave new life to staples such as the bomber. The father and son duo behind Casely-Hayford took their cross referential signature a step further this season by marrying different types of garments within one – the windbreaker/biker being one example. Maharishi’s lesson in diversity, meanwhile, resulted in an eclectic wardrobe of kimono jackets, ponchos and parkas.

The stripe made regular appearances, though checks in different variants – from Prince of Wales to gingham– threatened to knock it off the throne. All-over prints also gathered force; the small-scale florals of last summer gave way to larger blooms, such as the stylized renderings proposed by J-W. Anderson and Kit Neale. Paisley and oriental-style prints also featured, and camouflage had found its way into the ranges of YMC, Bobby Abley, Nasir Mazhar and (not surprisingly) Maharishi. Belstaff opted for an individual take on the military classic by developing its very own hand painted version, which added individuality to parkas and pea coats.

High shine and Asian influences at Astrid Andersen
High shine and Asian influences at Astrid Andersen
High-shine, transparent materials lent a futuristic edge to London’s ostentatious breed of clubwear. Astrid Andersen remained true to the souped-up athlete aesthetic she’s honed over the last few seasons, but added depth to her latest offering by incorporating Asian influences– not unlike many other LC:M participants.  Newcomer Bobby Abley chose to woo his growing fans with a Star Wars inspired collection. Kit Neale, meanwhile, spread joy with a life affirming mishmash of print, color and the odd pig application, all in honor of the visual feast that is the flea market.

As for individual garments, tunics and smock tees cropped up in many a collection, often styled with a shirt collar peeking up from underneath. Jeans typically featured heavy distressing – as seen at Baartmans and Siegel and James Long. High-waisted, voluminous trousers combined with short jackets and tops quickly emerged as one of the ruling trends. E Tautz had crafted his from raw denim, while crisp cotton seemed to be the preferred material among many of his fellow London designers. The mid seventies/early eighties elasticated running short strode forth as another pant-of-the-season-contender. Topman Design, Christopher Shannon, Soulland and Joseph were among the many names that couldn’t resist its retro charm.

Trends seen on the streets:

Workwear-style denim jackets in true blue

Baggy jeans with wide, ankle grazing turn-ups

Denim zip-through waistcoats

Accents of red worn together with white and black

Double denim in contrasting shades