Smartened-up utility at YMC

Unashamedly commercial but with enough newness coming through in terms of exciting materials that update some core menswear staples, this latest collection from YMC is a great reflection of how UK contemporary casualwear has evolved to sophisticated new levels. The way that popular themes from previous seasons, like matching coordinates and smartened-up tracksuits, are overlapped to create new takes on a familiar idea was particularly encouraging – resulting in a leather or patterned wool joggers with matching bomber jackets. Then relaxed tailoring filtered into the collection, mixing effortlessly with the sharper casualwear pieces to reinforce the importance of versatility as a design influence. The sheer number of exits raises the question of whether a catwalk show is the best platform for showcasing so many understated premium basics, but either way, the relevance of modern lifestyle as an inspiration was the key takeaway here.  – Ben Perdue

Theme: Smartened-up utility

Key items: Bomber jacket / Premium joggers / Shrunken single-breasted blazers / Anorak / Work shirt / Overshirt / Crew-neck sweater / Fisherman jumper / Zip cardigan / Technical duffle coat / Raincoat / Baseball shirt / Aviator jacket / Cropped chino / 5-pocket jeans

Colour: Black / Indigo / Navy / Cadet blue / Grey / White / Yellow / Dark green

Print & pattern: Chequerboard checks / Prison stripes

Materials & knits: Shearling / Leather / Cotton twill / Canvas / Denim / Lambswool / Jersey / Wool blends / Coated cotton

Footwear: Leather hi-tops / Zipped Derby shoes / Brown leather Derby shoes / Buckled leather chukka boots / Suede Chelsea boot

Accessories: Knitted scarf / Wide-brim fedora / Felted wool baseball cap / Washed leather satchels / Leather gloves

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