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  • 4 February 2017

At the world’s financial capital, wearing a slick, polished look is a way of life. And, that wasn’t hard to notice even at the shows of the city’s top designers. Form is key here, as can be seen in the sharp tailored trousers, paired with fitted jackets. Go for a tone-on-tone look, in the style of Joseph Abboud, Todd Snyder and John Elliot, or add a pop of colour like Raf Simons, who debuted at the New York Fashion Week this season. Thought nailing work-to-dinner was difficult?


This trend is such a departure from the one above. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The rise of athleisure pieces over the last couple of seasons has led to a style that leans immensely towards relaxed, comfort, and lounge-at-home rather than sport. Jog pants, track jackets, and sweatshirts are the must-haves of the trend, with velvet and fleece being two huge favourites. Go for a complete laid-back style like Palmers Du Mal and John Elliott, or take an inspiration from Todd Snyder and Ovadia & Sons to spruce it up a bit for outdoor activities.


Fur was a major trend seen even at the shows in Milan, but while Italian designers displayed their skill of using it in innovative ways, in New York it was all about detailing. Especially on the collars of outerwear. Pick a bomber style jacket, as seen in the show of Patrik Ervell, or go for long overcoats and trenches like Todd Snyder, Ralph Lauren and Boss. The good thing: It’s subtle, in earthy and natural shades, and really easy to wear.


The hoodie has always been a winter favourite and post its recent resurgence as a street-style must-have, it’s slowly paving a path into fashion shows. Joseph Abboud’s use of a hood in a knitted zip-up cardigan, paired with sharp trousers, shows that there’s major space for the headgear even in smart wardrobes. As next winter arrives, master how to style a hoodie with chinos and trousers, for that’s your next cue to balance smart-casual.



When the weather’s dull and grey, the last thing you want to do is wear clothes that blend in. And going by what you see here, you don’t need to. Take a page from the shows of Patrik Ervell, John Elliott, Rochambeau, and Todd Snyder, and pop up your winter wardrobe with bright and happy colours. Think fiery red, canary yellow, ink blue and everything else that will lift up your mood and your look.



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