Colour blocking has been traditionally about wearing different items in solid blocks of colour. For this season, designers mixed it up a little - read a lot! - by using different coloured inserts in individual pieces. Designers such as Wooyoungmi, Neil Barrett, Oliver Spencer, Alexander McQueen and Hardy Amies all produced tailoring with strong blocks of horizontal stripes or bold contrasting inserts.
Chic Geek Tip - Stick to a neutral palette or risk looking like a walking game of Tetris.
Left - Be in the pink with this jacket from Wooyoungmi - Buy Now
Left - Wooyoungmi A/W 13
Left - Alexander McQueen – Patchwork Wool Jacket - £1220 - Buy Now
Left - Wooyoungmi – Wool Blend Coat - £615 - Buy Now
Left - Neil Barrett A/W13
Left - Paul Smith – Striped Socks - £18 - Buy Now
Below - Moncler – Biarritz Leather Trainers - £280 - Buy Now
“It wouldn’t be a fashion season without a piece of Givenchy. This was one of Riccardo Tisci’s most beautiful men’s collections to date, covered with Robert Mapplethorpe’s black and white photographs.”
Below - Givenchy – Printed T-Shirt - £400 – Buy Now
“In the matter of only a few seasons, the Kenzo label has gone from zero to hero. Under the creative directorship of the duo behind America’s Opening Ceremony, Kenzo is now a chic playground of Rousseau-like tigers and fun prints. The tiger has become their default logo.”
“Casely-Hayford are producing some of the best menswear around, but have had limited distribution until Harvey Nichols took them on board for this season. This collection is all about East London and ice hockey, it's called Kingsland Knights!”
“Hiking boots have been around for a few seasons and after the winters we’ve had, they’ve proved a sound investment. Moncler do know a thing or two about cold weather attire and these boots are perfect for when the snow starts to appear and are the only boots you are allowed to tuck your trousers into.”
Left - Moncler – Worn Leather Boots - £520 – Buy Now
“Suits with large, bold blocks of colour are a major trend for this season. By using navy and black, Neil Barrett makes the trend wearable and it is guaranteed it will fit in with the rest of your wardrobe.”
"Tartan or checks are a major trend this season. Checked trousers are a good way to wear the trend without it looking dated or old-fashioned. They should be well fitted and worn with a plain top.”
“This stained glass window print is one of the standout prints of the season. Alexander McQueen returned to its British roots with a collection strong on traditional fabrics and gothic influences."
“While Valentino is ridiculously expensive, the quality is so good. It’s all about Black Watch tartan this season. The sizing does come up small, so go for a bigger size."
“A leather jacket is an investment so you may as well get the best one there is! This one from Lanvin is cropped and has a slight seventies feel, which was a huge look on the catwalk at brands such as Prada.”
Below - Lanvin – Leather Jacket - £2700 - Buy Now
“Be like a walking Jeff Koons with this metallic digital print top from AQ/AQ. Ouch!”
We're sure Jessica Chastain won't mind us ignoring her latest outfit and instead focus on her sartorial arm candy. Boyfriend, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo - you'd have to be Italian with a name like that - has that slouchy, chic Italian playboy thing going on. After a spot of Googling, it appears Gian Luca is an executive for French ski brand Moncler, which obviously explains the flare for style. This is a summer clotheshorse to watch.
You've got the coat, the hat, the gloves, what's missing on that ski trip? The bag! Moncler have teamed up with German suitcase maker RIMOWA to give their signature case, the Topas Stealth, the Moncler makeover.
The Topas Stealth is lined with Moncler's famous feather down in a choice of white or black. In addition, Moncler has created a pair of shoe-bags, one toiletry case that is also quilted and another transparent one, designed specifically for transporting liquids in airplane cabins. Whilst on the outside, the enamelled logo and name tag are clearly visible. Even the tag is quilted!
If you haven't bought a winter coat yet get down to the new Moncler boutique. Nothing will keep you warm like one of these. Apart from the entire Gamme Bleu collection - which I've been going on and on about for ages - here are my favourite jackets from the new Moncler boutique on Sloane Street.
Blum - £695
Alfred a + b - £768
Chamonix - £579
Quilting is one of the biggest trends of the season - Check out 'Duvet Days'
Being the big, burly men that we are - yeah right! - sometimes we like to show our innocence. The bobble hat does this perfectly and goes well with this season's coat - Duffle Coat
Simply a beanie with a bobble on, look for striped or brightly colour bobble hates with a contrasting bobble. The bobble shouldn't be too big and leave the fur ones to the girls. The idea is to look almost childlike without looking like a clown. Cute and practical.
Paul Smith - Striped Bobble Hat - £70
YMC - Striped Bobble Hat - £51
Topman - Yellow Contrast Bobble Hat - £12
Moncler - Red Berretto Knitted Hat - £110