When Navy Blue Just Won’t Do
Autumn and winter are my favourite seasons. I adore the way the leaves change colour, the way you can see your breath outside, and the fact it’s time to start wearing big jumpers, tweed and fur-lined boots. And this season’s fashion trends for men are highly appropriate to autumn, as the overall them is colour.
At this time of year you tend to think about the darker shades being the mainstay of a chap’s wardrobe: blacks, greys, browns. This autumn/winter season, many of the designers have opted for vibrant colour to brighten up the gloomy days.
Richard James is one of several designers who’ve featured leafy greens in their collection, from overcoats to stovepipe trousers straight out of the sixties. There’s something very affluent and country gent about this look. Another bold colour, bright orange, is also popular, as shown by Topman Design and Hardy Amies. The more subdued shades are great and work well teamed with brown and black, but others are a bit too reminiscent of prison jumpsuits.
And accessories haven’t been forgotten. Shoes, bags, hats and watches are all being seen in more interesting hues. Dolce & Gabbana have some fabulously colourful trainers, plus red boots seem to be featuring everywhere. An absolute must-have purchase is the felt fedora. While the hats themselves may mainly feature in neutrals such as fawn, they can be found adorned with bright blue bands, multi-coloured feathers and even jewels. Just as the knitwear should be big and bulky, so should the jewellery and watches. Particularly for watches, colourful dials or brightly striped straps are de rigueur, such as those sold by Watches2U.
One of the strangest trends (especially as I never understood it for women) is the multi-coloured, oversized throw that men are sporting over their coats and jackets. My grandmother used to crochet blankets very similar but I certainly never thought of wearing one. Still, it adds a necessary splash of colour for this season, and you can retire it to the sofa if you decide you look ridiculous.
And even black hasn’t escaped the paintbrush entirely. While it will always feature on the catwalk, this season Agi & Sam, and Kent & Curwen have added white trim to some of their black offerings.
One possibly surprising colour trend this autumn/winter, is in formalwear. Black tie no longer means black, but brown. Brown velvet dinner jackets, brown satin waistcoats – it seems that here at least, brown once again is the new black. Call me a traditionalist but I can’t imagine Daniel Craig wearing a brown tuxedo. I can, however, picture a seventeen-year-old American high school student in one, going to the prom. Not a great recommendation.