Now London Collections is over until next year, what can we say about the trends of 2015? Well, according to the Guardian, “the suit is dead.”
They’re basing this on the fact that so few of this year’s collections featured suiting and were generally all about casual wear – not particularly “smart” casual wear, either: a lot of the collections this year featured bold prints, sporty garments and some very bright colours (yellow seemed particularly popular). The fact that suiting holds such an important place within the men’s fashion world in London (the lounge suit, for instance, was a British invention) makes this year’s London Collections all the more surprising. But to say that “the suit is dead” is, of course, an absurd overstatement: some of my favourite collections this year (Tiger of Sweden and Hentsch Man, for instance) featured lovely suits in unexpected colours.
So – if you’re wondering what kind of suit you should invest in for spring/summer 2015, bear the following things in mind. 1970s-style suiting seems to be one trend emerging from London Collections this year: suits with wide, peaked lapels and boxy, double-breasted jackets are in. On the colour front, pastels, lilac, aqua, mint and yellow are all trending in London right now (along with all the other bright, spring colours like red, green and summer neutrals like pale grey). What about casual suiting? Hentsch Man’s light and breezy summer garments suggest that cotton suits in pastel and aquatic tones might be just the look for next summer.