It all started with Raf Simons with his AW16 collection and, now, it’s the knitwear neckline du jour. The quintessentially British cricket jumper has been grunged up and distressed and become less gentleman's summer sport and more urban and edgy thanks to designers such as Alessandro Michele at Gucci. Brands such as Stella McCartney and Kent & Curwen have all done their interpretation of the cricket V and there's plenty of mileage in this style as many brands such as the Spanish knitwear brand, Sweaterhouse, is showing them for AW17. If you don't want to pay designer prices then pop to your local sports store, university or school shop and buy the largest size they have.
Left - Raf Simons AW16
Left - AMI - £225 - matchesfashion.com
Below - Prada SS17
Left - Stella McCartney - £570 MRPORTER.COM
Left - Gucci - £560 - MRPORTER.COM
Below - Kent & Curwen - £495 - MRPORTER.COM
Left - Raf Simons AW16
Left - Smart Turnout - £149
Below - Cambridge University - Magdalene College Cricket Sweater - Ryder & Amies - £110
First things first, what exactly is Lurex? Lurex is a type of yarn or fabric which incorporates a glittering metallic thread. It gives the knit a sort of Christmasy makeover which is on just the right side of glittery.
It’s perfect for this time of year, under artificial lights or candles, and adds an element of reflective fun to a suit or evening wear.
I remember Prada produced a collection with lots of lurex in AW 2011 , below, and showed how it could look fresh and interesting in knitwear and accessories. I ended up buying a knitted tie. Lurex on men shows an element of confidence in the wearer and somebody you instantly gravitate to at a party. Get involved!
Here is a selection of what is available this season:
Far Left - Joseph - Lurex Merinos Polo - £195
Left - Vintage - Prada AW 2011
Left - ASOS - Knitted Metallic T-Shirt - £25
Left - Gucci - Lurex Jacquard Tank Top - £440 from LN-CC
Below - Balenciaga - Men’s Slip-on Lurex - £325
Left - AMI - Men’s Round Neck Pull In Lurex - £235
Left - Topman - Lurex Top - £20
Simon Spiteri, Buyer, MRPORTER.COM
"The Gucci horse bit loafer is going to have a huge revivial, it’s such a classic. I especially like this version that harks back to a style not seen from Gucci since the 1960s. A great example of company looking to its archives for inspiration”.
Left - Gucci - Horsebit Leather Loafers - £455
“Thom Browne collections just get better and better, preppy with a modern twist, this cardigan is so versatile. The style suggests casual but the quality suggests luxury”.
Left - Thom Browne - Striped Merino Wool Cardigan - £720
"A bonafide classic, if you haven’t got a slim oxford button down shirt in your wardrobe you need one, it’s an indispensable component in any man’s wardrobe. Be sure to wear unbuttoned, with everything from denim to pressed trousers”.
Above - AMI - Slim-Fit Button-Down Collar Oxford Shirt - £110
"The rise of bracelets in menswear show no sign of abating. Made in the reservations around Santé-Fe, this bracelet harks back to traditional silver and turquoise craft of the Navajo and is a nice pop of a colour for the summer months ahead”.
Left - Peyote Bird - Pilar Lovato Sterling Silver Turquoise Heishi Bracelet - £215
"Every guy needs a fine watch, my view is that you don’t have to shout about it with an obvious model. Zenith invented the chronograph and it’s still the most precise on the market. It oozes quality and is to be worn with your bracelet of course”.
Left - Zenith - El Primero 36,000 VPH Stainless Steel & Alligator Watch - £5900
French snow and cold weather specialist, Moncler, has produced capsule collections before. I was a big fan of Moncler V, a few years back.
Left - The new Moncler A capsule collection is deliberately oversized
The latest - Moncler A - a capsule line for the AW15 season, is a team up with AMI, founded in 2011 by Parisian menswear designer Alexandre Mattiussi.
Right - Fashion’s all gone a bit Wes Anderson and this collection is testament to that with the oversized logos and beanie hat styling
The collection features an oversize fit as the hallmark of the range; jackets have wide shoulders and trousers a low crotch for a loose fit. The collection’s other details include oversized zips and cream linings throughout.
The classic Moncler shield logo has been enlarged and features a vintage-look embroidery finish.
TheChicGeek says "This is a great collection. It has just the right amount of exaggeration and there's something very desirable about the Moncler logo and all the quality retro touches. It's also built for the cold as with all the outerwear from Moncler".
Left - Moncler A - Tricolour Wool Zip Cardigan - £580
More ChicGeek picks of the new Moncler A collection below