Sean McElhill, Co-Director of S J Forbes, reveals his top men’s trends of autumn/winter 2016.
Kinks are a big trend for A/W16. Whether locks are worn shoulder length and loose with subtle kinks throughout, as they were at Topman, or whether hair has been manipulated in to grungy wet-look waves, as seen at Tiger of Sweden, the new season is all about enhancing the natural curves within your hair. A volumising mousse applied to damp hair will help to enhance natural kinks, while a diffuser attachment will give natural curls an added boost, for a softly tousled curly look similar to the one sported by models at Baartmans and Siegel.
At KTZ the hair inspiration for models backstage was American baseball players that have just pulled their helmet off – the result was hair worn roughly tousled, lightly kinked and with a damp effect, reminiscent of post-game sweat. To recreate this ruffled, sporty look, use a sea salt spray on damp hair to add body, boost natural waves and to create a matted effect, then, once hair has been left to dry naturally, add a tiny amount of hair oil, to create that all-important dewy finish.
One of my favourite looks of the London Collections: Men – and one I predict will be hugely popular – was the classic Hollywood style seen at Chester Barrie. Inspired by A-list actors walking the red carpet, models wore their hair teased in to classic, smart, super-slick styles, full of height, definition, natural shine and sophistication. This is a look that’s sure to be a hit with high-maintenance men and city workers, whose style and lifestyle requires a sleeker alternative to all the grungy, rugged looks set to be everywhere else this coming season.