The Leather Trench Coat
Head-to-toe leather was seen at many shows this season – which, yes, before you say it, is a bold look. However, an item that I was gratified to see resurface as a part of this was the louche leather trench coat, which allows a man to bring a hit of hard-boiled Seventies detective to even the most conservative work outfit.
Prada Belted Patent-Leather Trench Coat, £4,545
If you’re really looking for that good-cop-gone-bad vibe, look no further than this glossy number from Prada. With its military nods (check out those epaulettes) and utility pockets, it’ll make you feel even the most straight-laced man feel like he’s the lead in a gritty police drama.
Available at Mr Porter.
Bottega Veneta Twill and Leather Trench Coat, £3,380
Not ready to go full leather? This trench from esteemed Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta is a half-and-half take on the trend, splicing supple black lambskin up top and cotton twill down below for a surprisingly wearable result.
Available at Matches Fashion.
Marni Belted Trench Coat, £2,400
The thing that makes a black leather trench coat feel more American Gigolo and less The Matrix is the cut. Rather than going slim and long like Neo, get that Seventies vibe right by opting for a relaxed fit and a just-below-knee length – like this from Marni.
Available at Far Fetch.
Burberry Lambskin Trench Coat, £3,690
No-one makes a trench coat like Burberry (the brand has been producing the garment since the First World War), so it’s great to see that expertise blended with creative director Riccardo Tisci’s on-trend eye on this cool, thigh skimming iteration.
Available at Burberry.
The ‘Pops’ Cardigan
This season’s unlikely style icon? Your grandad. Cardigans are back in a big way as the ultimate autumnal top layer, seen at shows like Hermes, Marni and Ferragamo. Right now, the shape to search out is oversized and boxy, with enough space to slip another jumper underneath when the weather really turns.
Brunello Cucinelli Button-front Cardigan, £1,710
Woven from alpaca, wool and cashmere, this jacquard knit cardigan is the softest statement you can make with your wardrobe this season.
Available at Brunello Cucinelli.
Walker & Slater Melville Olive Cardigan, £115
The leaves might not be green anymore, but that’s all the more reason to get some into your autumn wardrobe ASAP.
Available at Walker Slater.
Lemaire Oversized Knitted Cardigan, £470
Cut deliberately oversized, this cardigan is slouchy enough to feel comfortable in 24/7 but still smart enough to impress – plus the colour goes with anything.
Available at Mr Porter.
Peregrine Waffle Shawl Cardigan, £125
Woven from 100 per cent British wool in a chunky five-gauge, this waffle-knit cardigan from homegrown knitmaster Peregrine gets character from twisting two tons of yarn together to create a beautifully be-speckled finish.
Available at Peregrine Clothing.
If you thought the ‘work from home’ revolution was going to be an increasing informalisation of what we all wear for our careers, designers are here with a rebuttal. This season’s shows were dominated by an accessory that’s almost gone extinct: ties, worn both formally and casually. If that second lockdown comes, resist the urge to slip that hoodie back on and pick out some neckwear out that’s really going to show up on Zoom.
New & Lingwood Black & White Skull & Crossbones Tie, £125
Think ties are conformist? Rebel the right way with this skull-and-crossbones version, handmade in England using English woven silk, from storied Mayfair outfitter New & Lingwood.
Available New And Lingwood.
E Marinella Paisley-Print Silk-Twill Tie, £190
Exclusive to Mr Porter, this tie’s secret is its silk: E Marinella has been making ties at the same Italian workshop for over a century, from silk that’s woven from yarn washed in lake water to infuse the fibre with minerals which produce a unique softness and lustre.
Available at Mr Porter.
Adinkra London NSAA Hand Finished Silk Tie, £150
Founded by two Ghanaian Brits, Adinkra London makes superb silk ties printed with designs that celebrate the diversity and culture of Africa’s 54 countries. This tie (launching soon) features the NSAA symbol, a cross-like Ghanaian motif that’s a historic mark of excellence, genuineness and authenticity – as well as a contrasting traditional Ankara print on the inner tip lining.
Available to pre-order at Adinkra London.
Anglo-Italian Cashmere Grey Tie, £135
This grey cashmere tie from Marylebone-based tailoring house Anglo-Italian is the ultimate dress code cracker: as at home slipped under a suit at work as it is with a denim jacket at the weekend.
Available at Anglo Italian.
The Checked… Well, Anything
Not so much an item, more something to look out for because, if the catwalks are anything to go by, you’ll be seeing a lot of checks creeping into shops over the next few months. Whether you’re thinking of filtering them into your casual attire or something more dressed-up, the only rule with squares this season is: go big or go home.
Drake’s London Blue and Red Check Wool Tweed Reversible Vest, £595
Not quite ready to commit to checks on a full-time basis? This reversible padded vest from Savile Row label Drake’s London lets you embrace both your bold and more subtle sides.
Available at Drakes.
Paul Smith Tailored-Fit Grey Prince Of Wales Blazer, £860 and Slim-Fit Grey Prince Of Wales Check Trousers, £375
Cut from a jazzy Prince of Wales check, this relaxed-yet-tailored-fit suit from Paul Smith is just as powerful worn together as it is split up and worn apart.
Available at Paul Smith.
Johnstons of Elgin Basket-weave Exploded Tartan Cashmere Scarf, £199
Taken from the cashmere maker’s extensive archives, the team at Johnstons of Elgin created this design by zooming in on the historic tartan of the Baird clan to create something fresh and bold.
Available at Johnstons of Elgin.
Mackintosh Dunkeld Gordon Dress Bonded Cotton 3/4 Coat, £995
You’d expect a Scottish label like Mackintosh to be good at executing an attractive tartan design – and you’d be right. Case in point, this eye-popping take on the coat maker’s weather-beating ‘Dunoon’ trench.
Available at Mackintosh.