That Dapper Chap tells us what menswear we can expect to see from High Street Giant Next this Autumn.
Stepping off the tube in Westminster, Big Ben loomed over me as the Houses of Parliament soaked up the afternoon sun. It was a great afternoon for a press day and that was exactly what I was there for. I made my way to Horse Guards Avenue where Next were hosting their Autumn 15 press day and showing off their new and exciting designs.
|Stunning architecture along london's Horse Guards Avenue|
|Mannequins dressed and ready to show off|
The new season combines modern, forward thinking styles with traditional, hand crafted looks, blending echoes of the past with the future. Autumn at Next sees a real focus on pattern, colour and silhouette. 'Return of the rudeboy' is the perfect demonstration of this, originally born in the 60's and revived in the 80's, this story sees the story of the 'rudeboy' re-invented to create a directional, contemporary and timeless style. The colour palette is predominantly monochrome but jewel tones highlight this otherwise hard edged story.
|Monochrome tailoring from Next this Autumn|
As far as tailoring is concerned the silhouette remains slim and skinny, with cropped trousers being an important update, taking the trend into a new season. The three piece suit is ever present but with waistcoats making more of a styling feature this season. Key patterns include checks, Prince of Wales, dogtooth and gingham which can be seen on wool blend tailoring in shades of grey, worn with a brogue or loafer. Formal lightweight knits are updated with discrete geometric patterns, with a focus on premium yarns defining this smarter, more refined look.
|Brogues & loafers still feature heavily in footwear|
|Contemporary knitwear with subtle geometric patterns|
There is a strong emphasis on texture for the Autumn and this is reflected throughout the 'Engineered Artisan' story. This can be seen in the abundance when it comes to knitwear with everything from 3D knits, exaggerated ribs, prominent twills and chunky stitch to speckles, and neppy and twisted yarns. Denim remains key with washes in super dark and raw finishes.
|Heavily textured blazers make a statement this Autumn|
|A closer look at the brown textured wool blazer|
|Beautifully chunky textured knits in Autumn colours|
|Enjoying a Mojito break on the sun terrace|
|Brogues are still very much on trend for the Autumn|
|Sumptuous knitwear ready for cooler weather|
When it comes to outerwear both the Bomber and the Harrington jacket are here to stay for the Autumn but quilted and wadded waist length jackets are the new go-to style. The formal coat is rapidly becoming the biggest trend item for the season. Stand out pieces are the Epson double breasted overcoat and the single breasted mac, re-invented in a woolen fabric for Autumn.
|The display of menswear at the Next Press day|
|Boots and bags, you can't live without either!|
|Bumping in to Nathan from ManMeetsFashionBlog.com|
|Accessories maketh the man|
|Brogues for days, but make sure you have funky socks to wear under them|
|every man needs a good leather belt|
|Belts and beanies, accessories for Autumn 2015|
Now for the footnote, boots continue to dominate, as you'd expect, with classic designs given a modern twist. Materials are remixed to bring the timeless patterns such as the brogue and derby up to date. Mod influences take effect on formal shoes giving the straight laced image a complete overhaul. The overriding message when it comes to casual attire is hiker detailing and a more rugged persona. Padded collars, cleated soles, speed lacing and D-rings are finishing touches that update the original high top styles.
|Beautiful autumnal tones in mustard, brown and reds await|
|Next offer a great range of footwear again this season|
|Catching up with the always inspiring Prince Cassius|
|Two tone brogues make your feet more fancy|
|Take a seat and contemplate the new Autumn range|
|Cable knit head wear in autumnal shades|
|well, why not!|