These past few seasons the menswear runways have been awash with burgundy suits, bottle green knits and navy suits.
For next winter however, things are looking darker. Aside from the occasional neon bomber jacket at Versace and the sea of forest green that was Dior Homme's AW '12 show, the colour we'll all be wearing come October is black. Black, paynes grey, charcoal and dove grey - any colour so long as it's monochrome.
The Topman Design AW '12 collection, shown yesterday in London's Royal Opera House was no exception, a sea of belted greatcoats, slimline double breasted suits (in black) and shaggy grey (and black) knitwear flooded the runway, and the effect was anything but sobering.
Highlighting Topman's consistent commitment to producing beautifully cut, affordable and ultimately wearable clothing, the show proved a brilliantly dark highlight in the melee of London Fashion Week menswear day.
Words by Teo van den Broeke