We’ve asked the top buyers at Britain’s best retailers both online and off-line their top picks of the season. These are the must-have pieces from the people who decide what you get to buy.
Damien Paul, Menswear Buying Manager for MATCHESFASHION.COM
"This was one of my favourite pieces of outerwear on the runway and a great transitional piece to see you through Spring – the understated navy wool can be reversed to reveal contrasting panels."
Left - Maison Martin Margiela - Reversible Wool Bomber Jacket - £730 - Buy Now
"AMI excel at relaxed, wearable wardrobe updates that never stray too far into ‘dandyish’ territory. These striped trousers are a case in point – the bold pattern is toned down by the slouchy fit. I’d wear them with a plain sweatshirt and trainers."
Left - AMI - Oxford-Stripe Trousers - £190 - Buy Now
"I like the clean, fuss-free feel of these skate shoes, in inky-blue calf hair – a move forwards from last year’s bold, statement trainers."
Left - Lanvin - Calf Hair Slip-on Trainers - £370 - Buy Now
"Florals were everywhere this season, but Hedi Slimane did one of the best interpretations with his printed silk shirts for Saint Laurent. Leave the top button undone and wear it over a white tee."
"This restrained bag by Tod’s is given a sportiness by the compact shape and embossed stripes on the sides – and just the right shape to carry your life around in."
Below - Tod's - Grained Leather Bag - £960 - Buy Now
Mei Chung, Menswear Buyer, Browns
"I love the woven mesh mixed with playful colours."
Left - James Long - Ribbon Woven Mesh Sweater - £480 - Buy Now
"One of my favourite runway showpieces."
"The brand is bringing that New York street swagger to the UK!"
Left - Hood by Air - Sweatshirt - £255 - Buy Now
"From his debut collection, the beautiful reversible jacquard bomber jacket is my favourite – that satin material can take you from day to evening."
Left - Haider Ackermann - Jacquard Bomber Jacket - £1650 - Buy Now
Jack Cassidy, Buyer, LN-CC
“Yang Li’s fabrics and construction are always uncompromising and of the best quality. This coat is a result of that vision and is made from an exclusive resin-coated angora and virgin wool blend fabric in a deep burgundy. The large lapel and chunky silver hardwear give the coat a very strong look and is one of the best this season.”
Left - Yang Li – Double Face Coat - £1859 – Buy Now
"Lanvin’s AW13 sneakers that are a hybrid of a classic sports runner with the detailing and sturdy rubber sole of hiking footwear. As is typical with Lanvin, the palette and materials of each sneaker are particularly interesting, this one being a combination of charcoal leather, varying metallic technical fabric and a nude coloured sole with striped laces. In a season where the emphasis has been on runner-style sneakers, Lanvin's offering is the most progressive and modern interpretation available for AW13.”
Left - Lanvin – Goatskin Racer Shoes - £505 – Buy Now
“The silk fabric of this Raf Simons top is exceptional and really elevates the clean long sleeve shape. Stripes can come across as looking quite fun but the subtlety of the blue and black together is very considered and makes this a key AW13 piece.”
Left - Raf Simons – Horizontal Stripe Top - £951 – Buy Now
“Achilles Ion Gabriel is a new addition to our AW13 brand mix and is exclusive to LNCC worldwide. For such a new label his designs have a fantastic vision and execution. In particular the angular soles on his AW13 designs and elastic strap detailing combine to create a very fresh interpretation of the classic oxford shape.”
Below - Achilles Ion Gabriel – Hannes Cromo Shoes - £474 – Buy Now
“Yohji Yamamoto’s AW13 collection was arguably one of his strongest in recent seasons. The ‘animal’ inspired pieces are executed with an unparalleled conviction and vision that is 100% convincing and Yamamoto. These knitted zebra patterned pants also have a matching sweater and due to the relaxed shape with a drawstring waistband and cuffed hem they are super easy to wear and mix with other pieces.”
Left - Yohji Yamamoto – Animal Print Joggers - £1370 – Buy Now
Sam Kershaw, Buyer, MRPORTER
“As everyone in the MR PORTER office is acutely aware – I love a backpack. And this would definitely be my pick for the season. These masters of Danish design have managed to combine function and fashion beautifully here with adjustable leather fastenings and a bold blue twill fabric.”
"If you enjoy looking after yourself (and believe me I do), it is definitely worth investing in the best possible products. This leather-bound manicure set from Czech & Speake was shortlisted for a Wallpaper* Design Award and contains a selection of eight tools to keep you in tip-top condition at all times.”
Left - Czech & Speake - Leather-Bound Manicure Set - £336 – Buy Now
“I’m big on style where comfort is not sacrificed and this chunky shawl collar cardigan from Dolce & Gabbana definitely ticks that box. It’s thickly knitted from soft virgin wool – expect to see me in this for the majority of winter and beyond.”
“A fresh take on the classic Achilles shape switching full leather for a navy wool fabric. An inspired update.”
Below - Common Projects - Original Achilles Leather-Trimmed Wool Low-Top Sneakers - £285 – Buy Now
“Love this. Givenchy gives a typically directional twist on the classic leather bomber jacket by re-working it in smooth leather and adding slick zips. What do the zips do? Who cares?”
Left - Givenchy - Leather Bomber Jacket - £1,545 – Buy Now