Convincing trends carried throughout the majority of collections many of which started a couple of seasons ago, and continued through LCM's winter offerings (click here for the key trend visuals of Milan) but what was truly commendable and very much need by retailers and customers alike, was the designers ability to incorporate such trends into the design codes of the house and inject their own interpretations of brand identity. The result being collections reflecting in style or quality of fabrics or the couture level of detail and craftsmanship all combined to reflect precisely how men want to dress today.
1) Touch of classic: The grey coat
I covered the prevalence of the MA1 silk bomber jacket in the LCM review as a continuing piece from last summer, though thankfully dialed down for AW, but this season there's also a welcome channel open to a reversion in part to classicism with a tailored coat, and so many brands produced at least one classic, grey, great coat. (That is, heavier than a top coat in most forms, but slightly shorter than a more traditional great-coat version) and most were in a highly recommended heavy twill herringbone or Prince of Wales.
2) Retro grade
From Etro's sparkling evening jackets to Zegna's woven wool and sequin pinstripe jumper, there's been a touch of embellishment in cuffs, as full jackets, and not just in eveningwear.