The Most Important Trends To Come Out Of London Fashion Week Mens

What you should be looking out for next winter

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For its tenth season London Collections Men - the capital's dedicate men's fashion week - changed its name. Now known simply as London Fashion Week Mens, it's a more grown up title for an event which, this season, came of age.

Sure, a few of the bigger brands have shipped out (Burberry, for instance, now shows a mixed men's and women's show during women's fashion week; McQueen presents in Milan and Dunhill is taking a break from showing altogether) but the energy which has come to define the London portion of the fashion merry-go-round was present in abundance, and the collections felt grown up and considered.

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Production values, for instance, were higher across the board. The shearling coats and leather jackets on show at JW Anderson could have been from Berluti, or, indeed, Loewe (where Anderson is also Creative Director), while the clothes on show at Oliver Spencer and Casely-Hayford, perhaps LFWM's most consistent stalwarts (try saying that three times quickly) felt richly researched and textured in the extreme. Vivienne Westwood also returned to London with her first combined mens and womens collection. Classic Westwood, it was high punk with a pleasingly wearable twist.

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Here, to help you decide what and who you should be wearing next winter, is my round up of the best bits to come out of LFWM's AW'17 shows.

1 | Choose Velvet

It's been building momentum for a while, but the velvet trend finally takes hold for Autumn Winter '17. Though vevlet tuxes are one thing, next winter it's all about wearing the fabric in unexpected ways. Oliver Spencer (above) showed velvet bombers in jewel tones, while Casely Hayford's patterned velvet trrousers and overshirts in tertiary hues felt modern and elegant. Just be sure to wear with contrasting textures to avoid looking like Daniella Westbrook on a flight to Malaga.

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2 | Embrace old lady fabrics

Not dissimilar to Velvet this, but Autumn Winter '17 is all about comfort, softness and looking a bit like a granny. At JW Anderson (above) there were crochet backpacks, loafers and (surprisingly desirable) overcoats with crochet sleeves - take note.

4 | Throw the layers on

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Clever layering is key for dressing well in the winter months, and it's something the designers have played on heavily for AW '17. At E Tautz (above), Patrick Grant showed shirts layered over shirts with just a hint of the second collar peeping out below, while at JW Anderson shirts were layered with quilted gilets, shirts, sweaters and overcoats. At Craig Green, beautiful carpet-esque panels were layered to dramatic effect and models ware cocooned in several outsized layers, many of which came belted, nattily in some cases, at the waist.

5 | Go heavy on the knitwear

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It's been a trend in womenswear for a while, but architectural knitwear is big news for Autumn Winter '17. Oversized and long sleeved sweaters were shown at JW Anderson (above), while Margaret Howell also had a beautifully structured navy blue funnel neck in her collection.

6 | Corduory is everywhere

The best corduroy trousers and jackets were shown at Vivienne Westwood, E Tautz and Oliver Spencer. The key for next season is to keep trousers tapered and wide around the bum - to ensure you get a nice sheen from the movement of the fabric - opt for shades of blue, grey or brown and make sure you opt for needle over jumbo cord.

7 | Save up for some waterproof boots

Cut from beautifully soft, matte alligator leather, for AW '17 John Lobb's creative director Paula Gerbese showed a beautiful pair of waterproof jodhpur boots. Naturally water resistant and incredibly elegant, they come in at a cool 14k. Better get saving!