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Wednesday October 23, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by patsy kam
Flaunt it: A turtleneck paired with a short skirt reminiscent of a tutu.
Drama and contrasts mark the collection of popular Swedish brand H&M this fall.
MASS brands and department store clothes may not be considered couture, but endorsed by the fashion weeks, it simply means that rapid fashion is being recognised for its versatility, functionality and above all, aesthetics.
First seen on the catwalk of Paris Fashion Week last month, H&M’s latest fall collection spells glamour with precise tailoring and cut to create contrasts reflective of the tomboy in her.
Women get to dress up in manly tailcoats that are either long or cropped, while extra shine on delicate sequin dresses, fringing and embellishment give that faded grandeur look.
Look out for a ceremonial jacket with a cropped, boxy shape. Leather jackets make an appearance with mismatched buttons, while quilted leather trousers bring toughness. These are contrasted against embellished jersey trousers, and last season’s bohemian spirit is carried through with a heavily embroidered velvet jacket.
“I’m so excited by the H&M Autumn Collection, which makes a real statement about the fun you can have with fashion. It’s got all the key pieces, made to be mixed together to become your own. I’m so proud to have seen it on the catwalk in Paris,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design in a press release.
Accessories complete the contrasting mood, with mini rings and small earrings. The masculine look is continued by biker boots, while flat shoes, along with tassel bells, embroidered collars and vintage-inspired bags help put together an inspirational fall look.
Men, be ready to be decked in oversized double-breasted coats, uber-cool, zip-up harrington jackets and quilted short jackets.
For the colder months, melton wool provide warmth with fluid lapels. Jackets are hooded to give a sense of urban protection and city street style, and these are coupled with hooded parkas and a contrasting sleeved peacoat to play up menswear heritage.
Traditional tailoring is essential in menswear to bring out the best in him and this is seen in pinstripe jackets, updated blazers and a slim-fit, double-breasted shortened blazer.
Utility references add toughness – especially the utility pants – while tailored trousers give the collection an overall smartened feel.
Not all men take to prints, even today, but for those who do, check out some new all-over prints that have evolved so that the printed tie now matches the printed shirt.
A knit hoodie over a matching knit crewneck for winter; chunky statement knits provide texture with innovations in rib, twisted yarn, cable-stitch and even hairy sweaters.
Guys also get accessories via reworked Chelsea boots and Derby lace-ups alongside leather gloves, knit hats and peaked caps.
“This collection brings together different elements of masculine dressing to create a unified wardrobe for this autumn.
“There are so many options, from oversized coats to sharp tailoring and stand-out knits, and I love how together they feel really smart. Whatever the look, this autumn is going to have a great sense of occasion,” says Andreas Lowenstam, H&M’s head menswear designer.
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