Hurrah for the week of hot and sunny weather that graced us Brits with what was probably our summer for the year! As the weather has decided to once again take a turn for the worse, why not look ahead lads to next season’s fashion trends and must-haves from River Island’s Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection.
For the range, inspiration is taken from many eras but this time round they have collided and fused with the present day. This means men will be able to get the most from their wardrobe without losing their individuality allowing creativity and style to flow freely. Classic versatile pieces are mixed with patterns and prints for a contemporary feel whilst outerwear is brought up-to-date with bold colours, wet look finishes and leather detailing which are all ideal for the months ahead.
Smart jackets have been given a casual edge by being teamed with check shirts and skinny trousers whilst layering is key throughout the collection to provide a great variety of amazing looks and styles which will appeal to a vast range of men. There are also hints of the 70’s and 90’s in a few of the looks which are a little quirky and statement evoking for the fashion conscious man. Dashes of bright colours are thrown into pieces for the ideal amount of vibrancy and look great teamed with versatile shades of brown, navy and grey.
The collection is broken down into certain looks giving fashion fans a vast array of styles to give a nod to certain AW12 trends. Tribal inspired prints and patterns are clashed and fused into urban street wear with Navajo and checks seen re-worked in crimson, gold and navy tones. Keeping looks practical yet wearable is a big part of the range as printed hoodies and quilted gilets can be layered over a variety of pieces. Even the accessories are tribe-tastic – Navajo style belts and brushed check ties will help you achieve this trend subtly.
I love a bit of retro in clothing! Let your mind wander back to the 90’s as this is where inspiration was taken from for the Alpine sportswear range. The club culture plays a big part in these pieces and is mixed with the feel and practicality of winter slope apparel. This trend is definitely not for the faint hearted fashion wearer as cosmic graphic and bold geometric prints are the way to go. Functionality is created thanks to synthetic fabrics and bright neon highlights will make sure you stand out from the crowd.
The Grange collection gives a firm nod to 70’s heritage and is the epitome of traditional charm with a cheeky twist. Cord sports jackets and tweed trousers exude a very British feel and can be worn with flannel shirts and neppy knits for a classic look. Autumnal tones make up the colour palette such as olive, mustard and tan which all have a warm rich feel to them. Patterned pocket squares and silk feel neckerchiefs are the perfect accessories to complete this trend.
For the Generation X trend, style with a hard edge is the theme making the statement colour black! Coated fabrics give a tough, masculine silhouette while leather and leather trims intensifies the whole vibe. Layering comes back into the mix with fine knits being worn over crisp shirts then teamed with a contrasting blazer to really step up the fashion. Inject a bit of 90’s grunge into the looks with hints of camo and floral in accessories and footwear!
For guys who love to dress slick and clean then the Metropolis inspired collection is for you. Suits in shades of deep blue and navy makes for sharp dressing and trendy sophistication whereas the fine contrast trims and polka dot shirts add depth to the looks, transporting this trend into the modern age!