The Matrix, Peaky Blinders, Harry Potter… the unlikely influences on menswear this autumn


The men’s autumn shows took the fashion world by storm this season. Now equalling the women’s in terms of hype, excitement and anticipation, the autumn/winter 2019 catwalks were a knockout. The inspiration for them, however, came from some of the most unlikely places. From Peaky Blinders to Harry Potter, here are the influences that will influence you (and your) wardrobe this autumn…


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Leather à la The Matrix

Long-line leather coats straight out of our favourite throwback sci-fi film, The Matrix, were a standout trend this season. From the belted leather trench at Fendi to the no-nonsense straight-cut coat at Marni (complete with very Neo shades), the question is do you take the blue pill or the red pill – no, sorry… the question is which do you buy? The beautifully aged chocolatey leather jacket at Berluti was highly wearable and we desperately want to replicate its unswervingly cool aesthetic.


Duffle coats à la Paddington Bear

Who would have thought one humble, abandoned bear would be such a style muse? Duffle coats have come to the fore for autumn/winter. Berluti gave them a luxe upgrade in a delightfully custard hue, while Valentino went luxe in a long, black number. If it’s got super large toggles, all the better. Marmalade sandwiches optional…




Massive scarves à la Harry Potter

Comically oversized scarves in Hogwarts-esque colourways and boarding school stripes were flung around many a model’s neck on the autumn/winter catwalks. The message? The bigger the better.

This mantra also extended to bags. Over the last few seasons of menswear, it’s been proved (scientifically proven) that you should be obsessive about the quality of your bag. This season, the bags were supersize – from Hermès’ enlarged take on the Birkin bag to the grey rucksack at Louis Vuitton which was quite frankly ginormous – and magical at the same time. Potter himself would be proud.


Black suits à la Pulp Fiction

After seasons of hype around streetwear, if anything could be said for the AW catwalks it would be that tailoring is back in a big way. The slim-cut, black suit is one such example – plucked as it were from the iconic John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson’s get-ups. Elegant, sharp, moody and edgy at the same time, the look is as dark as you dare. But it’s also very chic, don’t fear.



Double denim sets à la the Wild West

Utility combined with denim to full effect this season with matching double denim two pieces that had an almost tailoring-like aesthetic – the Canadian Tuxedo, if you will. This is not double denim as we have come to know (dark jeans with lighter jacket), no, no, no. This is 2.0: think identically matching denim shirt to jeans. With a Western mood taking over fashion in recent seasons, this denim suit has a similar vibe. It had us at howdy…


British classics à la Peaky Blinders

Who knew a show about a troupe of Brummie gangsters would have such a rippling influence on fashion? From takes on the quintessential trench at Neil Barrett, Louis Vuitton and Dior to the collaboration with Peaky Blinders itself at David Beckham’s brand Kent & Curwen, this autumn we’ll be in full nostalgic spirit. Hats (and flat caps) off to that… 


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