Fresh Off the Runway: 2018 Winter Wardrobe Must-Haves

by Poppy Jones

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The Story of Shearling

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Being cold is not an option this Winter. The runway hosted a wardrobe of armour coats designed to protect a man, so he can confidently take on the modern world, in style. A particularly significant style of coat is the Shearling (sheepskin) jacket, a classic piece of outwear for the Winter. The wearing of sheepskin as a form of protection arose as long ago as the Stone Age, which is fascinating considering it’s making statements on the 2018 fashion runways (almost 2.5 million years later). The coat began on a different kind of runway during the Second World War, which truly cemented the shearling jacket as high fashion when the sheepskin bomber jacket became standard uniform for pilots in the US Air Force.

The historical classic was interpreted by a range of designers and presented on the runway in a host of different styles including; leather, denim, suede and a bomber, all combined with essences of the Shearling. Unsurprisingly, one of the best Shearling coats this season was by Giorgio Armani which contained a mix of brown suede and leather giving the jacket texture and detail and costing $3300. Balenciaga exhibited a modern take of the classic, a black sheepskin jacket as part of the labels AW18 collection featuring a graffiti shearling collar, leaving you $5,038 down. If that’s too hard to swallow, then ZARA have brought out a range of heavy-duty faux shearling jackets that look good enough for the runway.

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Raf Simons takes the creative reigns at one of America’s most iconic fashion houses, creating a memorable masterpiece at New York fashion week. The designer presented his Fall 2018 Collection with Calvin Klein through the emergence of models through a sea of popcorn that coated the former American Stock Exchange building, greeting the audience with the aesthetic pleasures of sweet-smelling butter. The collection represents a theme that is consistent to his first season at Calvin Klein, which is Simons personal commentary on America. Firefighter coats, boots and gloves provoked thought of the country’s horrific natural disasters whilst silver foil jackets and boots evoked inspiration from the 60s intergalactic style.

The collection also stars the traditions of Calvin Klein underwear, in keeping with the iconic yet simplistic and gender-neutral style of briefs for men and women. The collection is designed with a standout 205W39NYC logo styling and can be purchased from the Calvin Klein website.

Tom Ford F/W18

Tom Ford brings hyper-masculinity to the run-way treating the audience with an erotic presentation of the new Fall 2018 underwear range. The range consists of four basic styles; a brief, a trunk, a short boxer and a classic boxer. Each cut is available in cotton stretch jersey, cotton, and an extra special version of silk. Of course, these outstanding run-way collections have inspired the streets and the replication of the simplistic designer lingerie is readily available offering a cheaper alternative of the classic cotton jersey pieces perfect for the Winter.

Pinstripes

The pinstripe is perfect for a casual business look and embodies quality and fine male grooming as well as being the backbone of any stylish man’s business wardrobe.

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Alexander McQueen explores British masculinity starting with a collection of elegant tailored autumnal pieces. The collection subverts the classic British wardrobe, renewing the codes of tailoring and progresses into opulence as the show goes on. A prominent fabric that stole the show is the use of woolen pinstripes which is modeled as a classic tuxedo, worn with jogging pants for a modern subversion and representation of the evolution of true British menswear.

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Hiking Boots

If you are going to make one worth-while investment this Winter, be sure to make it a pair of high quality hiking boots that are adamant to last a life time and keep your toes warm for just as long.

Inspired by the world of hiking, brands such as Gucci and Prada have taken an outdoor classic and given it a cosmopolitan polish using high quality materials and catwalk-ready details. Creating a hybrid of fashion that meets function and a must-have staple for a man’s wardrobe this Winter and many more Winters to come.

For something with equivalent quality at an affordable price, Timberland offer a range of styles of hiking boots inspired by our runway favorites and designed to be just as durable.

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Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2017

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Daily Outfit Inspiration by Demi Styles

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This is the perfect vacation outfit! Comfortable and chic with fabulous colors! Pink, green, and yellow make the perfect combination for spring. Break up all of these gorgeous colors with a denim jacket for a more casual look. If you're looking for a more dressy look, add heels and a blazer

Check out where you can get this entire look:

Top:

Dolce & Gabbana

Skirt:

Alexander Wang

Jacket:

ONLY Frederikke

Sandals:

Valentino

Purse:

Alexander McQueen

Necklace:

Kenneth Jay Lane

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DEMI STYLES

the McQ Sneaker

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Step into Fall in McQueen... Shop

McQ

. Sneakers. I'm feeling an unhealthy obsession coming on. Why do I like these so damn much? Well, some questions are better left unanswered. As long as you're in style. 

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Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 Menswear

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Sarah Burton

gave us modern Victorian with

Alexander McQueen's

Spring 2014 menswear collection presented in London. Beautifully tailored, of course, yet frayed and tattered brocades and embroidery attempt to tell a story. Burton continued with her signature layering approach and there was enough lace to spare. While I am a fan of all things McQueen, I am not attracted to the androgynous element clearly evident in this collection. I prefer to be a well-dressed man rather than look like a girlie-man. Def not a fan of the Mary Janes... 

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Katniss Everdeen is representing her District 12 in couture-like glamour.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

is set for a November 2013 release and in a clever stroke of marketing, Lionsgate and Capitol Couture have put out a series of portraits of the film's cast members. The photographs are made to look like oil paintings. Oscar winner [and "it" girl],

Jennifer Lawrence

who play's Hunger Games victor, Katniss Everdeen, wears a gorgeous white, beaded and feathered gown in her Catching Fire portrait.

See more Capitol Couture portraits: Banks, Kravitz, Tucci, Harrelson, Malone.

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Alexander McQueen Fall 2013

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The masterful

Sarah Burton

delivered Catholic Couture for

Alexander McQueen Fall 2013

. From cardinals to popes to angels, ten absolutely incredible outfits, heavily

or is that

heavenly embellished, made their procession through the venue.

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