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Highlights and Trends from London Collections: Men

June 17, 2015 BY LUKE ALLARD

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With London Collections: Men wrapping up last weekend, there is already buzz in the air regarding the new trends, colors, and styles based off of what the big names brought to the stage with their Spring Summer 2016 collections.

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Along with the obvious showpieces, we were able to spot a few more concrete trends that might actually make their way down to the wardrobe for next summer. Although summertime typically brightens our wardrobe up, several designers including Christopher Kane (above, far left) and Matthew Miller (above, far right), walked monotoned, dark outfits down the runway, re-worked in lighter spring/summer appropriate fabrics.

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Another consistency amongst several of the larger shows, perhaps to make up for the dwindling camo trend, was use of heavier prints, like bold stripping or jungle motifs. Alexander McQueen merged two of the more classic stripe patterns around to create the unique sweater seen above (far left), and the trend even had Coach, traditionally more reserved, walking a cheetah-detailed bomber down the runway over top of a zebra-inspired stripped tee (cover image, far left).

Baggy pants have been kicking around high fashion for a little while, but have yet to really catch on at the consumer level; perhaps the abundance at this years London Collections: Men, as well as the endorsement by commercial brand top shop (below, second from right), might help the extra room catch on.

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It wouldn't have been a fashion week without at least one strange, daring trend – and we certainly got that, but not in the way most would have expected. #FreeTheNipple has been front and center in our culture as of late; however, few expected it to step out onto the catwalk as a menswear trend. We’re not so sure if this one is here to stay, but it definitely helped a few designers make their splash.

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Images via GQ-Magazine.co.uk