Key Trends For Autumn/Winter 16 - Denim

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Style-enthusiasts claim denim is timeless, and evidently, it literally is. From season to season we see the durable fabric trickle into our trends, making it's way into our wardrobes one way or another. For A/W16 denim is back on our forecast. Here at Idle HQ, we've devised exclusive trend coverage of the Denim Head with Edwin, Levi's and Lee

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Denim has shaped into a classic essential which all of us SHOULD own in our wardrobes. Known for its longevity, durability, and versatility it can do no wrong. For that, it's an undeniable love for all style-conscious males worldwide.  Whether you own a denim jacket or a pair of slim jeans you can agree it's your wardrobe go-to, and evidently timeless. For that, we bring good news! After making it's dip into our trends for SS15, denim is back for AW16.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man
PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man

Denim Head Trend

The subvert fabric can adapt to various styles - and iconic garments. Take the blue denim jean for example. The wardrobe essential will always have its place in our wardrobe from winter to summer, and by far is one of our key picks for The Idle Man. With the likes of Levi's and the Jacob W. Davis, the fabric has switched the rules of menswear from the workplace to leisure.

Amongst the AW16 trends of chrome, metallics, and patchwork, it's nice to see the utility of denim is back. While we saw it on the catwalks for SS15 doubled-up and patched-up, it's no doubt designers couldn't get enough! Featured within DSquared and Thomas Pink for this Autumn, denim has well and truly made it's comeback for us trend-enthusiasts.

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DSqaured AW16, Thomas Pink AW16
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With heavy inspiration of utility/workwear shapes and the palettes of the countryside, denim has become the reflection of simple living. Including the mix of the winter warmer fabrics such as shearling and the details of contrast of stitching, denim this season clearly channels the aspect of heritage.

So whether you are opting for a jacket or a pair of tapered jeans, going for this season's denim will have you covered. Here at The Idle Man we can't get enough of the fabric. For that, here is your go-to coverage on how to jump on the AW16 Denim Head trend and exclusively how to wear them.

Key Brands

Edwin

Known as the superior brand to the denim circle, Edwin is the heart of innovation and denim. Founded in early years of 1947 by Mr Tsunemi, the brand has kept it's title for heavy-duty, contemporary denim, essentially making the brand one of the best selling on the market. Also known as the "Levi's of Japan", Edwin holds  a significant history as compared to other denim brands. While the first pair of Edwin jeans went into production in 1951 in Japan, Edwin has grown into global denim specialist. Immensely adored by the European market, Edwin Europe was eventually born. In the past 11 years, the brand has then built from the ground up between Japan and Europe, becoming one of the most established global denim brands.

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In celebration of the inheritance from Japan, Edwin created it's famous sub-label, the ED55's Made in Japan. Created in the 2000's, the ED55's Made In Japan are a crucial collectable for all Denim Heads. It's the best of both worlds, presenting quality and highly appreciated fit - making it an ongoing bestseller for the brand. Made from 14oz developed denim and inspired by the Overworks Factory and Vintage range, the quality of the ED55 Made In Japan's are not to be doubted with. Made with Nihon Mepu Rainbow Selvedge denim, it's guaranteed the colour will fade perfectly with an ongoing long-lasting fit.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man
PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man

How to Wear Edwin Classic Regular Tapered

This season Edwin has become an all round essential for AW16. For that, we have chosen to opt for Edwin Made in Japan denim range. Channelling simplicity and yet tailored tapered construction, the Edwin jean is versatile throughout the season. When pairing the jean, style the Edwin ED55's with another statement trend piece for the year - such as the anticipated bomber jacket. For a modernised, country-ville vibe opt for Edwin tartan bomber. With the dark yet muted tones, the bomber will sit perfectly with the contrasting stitch and selvedge denim. Lastly, finish the look with a smart leather shoe, with and hem of the denim rolled up. This elevates the tailored and utility look with the denim, creating an outfit which can take you through the day to night.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Edwin - Jackets | Jeans | Dr. Martens - Shoes
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Levi Vintage Collection

Levis essentially can be considered seasonless to the style-conscious. The iconic brand has become a household name within the denim industry and essentially has been manufacturing high quality, stylish denim throughout generations. Established  in 1873 by Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis, the brand has become the face of denim history. Originally established for workwear, it's a brand which holds it's original flare and is constantly inspired by its own archive. Being the proud owners of the 501's, 511's and dominating both mens and womenswear, it's no doubt they are passed through the generations. With their original roots still adored by denim heads globally, let's take a look at the Levi Vintage Collection.

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In celebration of their past filled with iconic adverts, designs and workwear, Levi's  soon introduced the  sub-label, Levi Vintage. "Faithfully catching the spirit & the heart of workwear", the Levi Vintage collection is a big brand for AW16. Elevating the double denim trends, Western Jacket's and tapered fits - the collection is the all-round package for AW16.

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PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man

How to Wear Levi Vintage Collection

For A/W16 we recommend getting back into your 501's. For us, we opt for the nostalgia of Levi Vintage. Featuring contrast stitching and a tapered leg the 501's are the ultimate jean for this season. This includes the 501 pairs through the years, such as the 1933's, 1947's and 1955's. Taking advantage of doubling up your denim and the trend of contrast stitching, pair the jeans with Levi's matching Denim Jacket. Using the same colour denim allows you to take a dip into the double denim outfit build subtly, especially when layered with a white t-shirt.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Levi's - Jacket's | Jeans | The Idle Man - T-Shirts
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Lee Jeans

The last of the trio is the anticipated denim brand, Lee Jeans. Being one of the first to emerge into the denim jean market, Lee Jeans have been providing us quality jeans since 1880's. The founder, Henry David Lee had one aim - to create workwear for his employees which was durable and long-lasting. For that, Lee Denim was born. With the success of tapping into workwear for his suppliers, his quality in denim grew in demand. From creating overalls to coveralls, Henry David Lee established himself in performance and heavy-duty.

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With the success that followed, Henry David Lee decided to tap into casual-wear, which when, Lee Jeans was born. Soaring in popularity from the 1950's to 1990's Lee Jeans became an established label for Jeans, so much so, in 1996  Lee's National Denim Day was launched. From then on Lee Jeans have filled the void for all denim fanatics for heavy duty yet stylish denim, being a favourite brand for us at Idle HQ.

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How to Wear Lee Riders 101 Jeans

Elevating the trends of combat denim and contrasting stitching, Lee Jeans Riders 101 provide the go-to A/W16 look. With lighter wash denim lining, it's the jean you can easily personalise with just a few folds on the hem. Heavy duty with 19oz denim, they create ultimate longevity jean for your wardrobe. To elevate the AW16 trend, pair the jean with a Western Jacket. Complimenting the dark wash tones and contrasting stitch pair the jeans with a suede Western Jacket. With utility construction, it's the go-to jacket to keep a consistent workwear look. Finish the look with a plain white t-shirt and an open buttoned oxford shirt. Then complete the look by complimenting the tapered leg with a white trainer.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Levi's - Jacket | The Idle Man - T-Shirt | Lee Jeans - Jeans
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Quick Guide to Denim Head

  • For a heavy-duty look, opt for Lee Jean denim.
  • For the double denim trend, Levi Vintage Collection is the easiest way to pull it off.
  • For a pair of jeans which can become a timeless addition, make Edwin ED55's Made in Japan your next denim investment.
  • Relaxed fits are the new slim jean.
  • Suede is the ultimate partner for your denim this season.

On That Note

A/W16 trends are heavily inspired by workwear, heavy fabrics and elevating masculine shapes. For this, take advantage of your denim and invest in a longlasting pair for your wardrobe. With brands like Edwin, Levi and Lee on the market, you can create looks which can get you through the season and essentially the next. For this season, the trends are not all about the design, but the construction and durability. Here at Idle HQ we know opting for any of these brands will keep your denim wardrobe updated and covered for the Autumn/Winter Months ahead. For that, what will your next pair be?

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