Northern Soul trousers, apparently, are a thing. Its origin being the Northern Soul - a music and dance movement in in the 70s in the UK. The collection was titled 'Northern Surf', meaning super wide chinos, retro tracksuits, denim with patches and badges that quote 'long live rock n roll' and 'let's riot'. Having received the invitation in the form of an empty cassette box, retro was clearly the theme. Square sunglasses returned to the catwalk where one pair screamed 60s in yellow tint.
Topman Design is always the first show of London Collections Men and the new suit was born among SS16 collection: the 'pyjamas stripes all-over' with a cropped torso and wide trousers. The so-called 'pyjama tailoring'. Eagle-eyed fashionistas would have already spotted this trend in-store (guilty and bought already). It doesn't take a lot to show that you can 'danz Like a Northern' since the prints and colours used practically shouted that message across.
Following on from AW15, I felt as if I have been transported back onto a time machine. Not only to the 70s, as from the AW15 collection, but further back to the 60s. In addition to the flamingo pink trousers, the short sleeved shirts worn under white turtlenecks, the pastel green anoraks and two-tone plimsolls all gave a confident nod to the 60s. I used to 'SMH' whenever I saw wide-leg trousers and stripes as I felt that they can only flatter a particular body shape; but this collection has definitely changed my opinion on this style and you can tell I'm changing already since I'm buying into the trend... Let's keep the faith, Northern Souls.
To be continued... #tbc