The GQ Middle East Edit: The Ten Best Items From The FW20 Catwalks
The FW20 menswear season is drawing to a close and with it, a fortnight of the freshest outfits in the world.
From the avant garde of London’s art school designers through the traditional tailoring of Italy to the storied houses of Paris, there have been countless big fits to choose from. To help make sense of the season, we decided to select our favourite individual items of clothing from the shows.
Read on to find out what the GQ Middle East team are coveting for 2020.
Adam Baidawi, Editor in Chief
Alexander McQueen Suit
When I stumbled across this suit on a model in McQueen’s showroom space, I did a triple take. Yes, there’s a harness, replete with clip-on attachments. Sure, there’s a look-at-me shawl collar. But what makes this suit so powerful is how little it needs to do to impress. It’s lean, it’s clean, it’s impeccably cut, and in an era of maximalism, it’s a reminder that precision tailoring can still win the day.
Louis Vuitton Derby Shoes
In his first show since returning from medical leave, Virgil Abloh showed a renewed penchant for tailoring and dandyism. These derby shoes capture his metamorphosis perfectly: beautiful, glazed calf leather derbies, encased in a patently Abloh monogrammed harness. Hello, new office standards.
Rusty Buekes, Style Editor
Fendi Chunky Boots
The boots at Fendi were another one of my favourite items on the runway. I love the fact that everything in fashion has gone substantially larger creating an oversized, relaxed silhouette. The bigger the better, of course. The wrap around tire-like chunky sole on them makes everything so much more dramatic.
Dior MEN Jewellery
The Judy Blame inspired jewellery at Dior MEN was incredible. Judy was an incredible British stylist, designer and post-punk icon who passed away in 2018. I feel like it fit seamlessly with the nostalgic collection Kim Jones sent down the runway. These are the kind of details that inject soul into a collection for me.
Keanoush Zargham, Fashion Editor
For a few seasons now, I love how a lot of the big fashion houses are rethinking utilitarianism and especially this red leather mid-calf boot I felt was such a bold winner for Prada. The very minimal design with the concept of tucking your tailored suit inside the boot makes me think of early 20th century military officers.
Valentino Camel Coat
I was obsessed with this coat. Valentino have toned it down this season with a stronger focus on construction and modernist tailoring. The love motif can be seen in huge bold letters in a coffee stained linen textile with minimal fraying around each letter of the beige coat.
Andrew Nagy, Content Director
Tod’s Khaki Parka
There’s a reason why the military rarely changes its look, khaki pretty much goes with everything, right? I love the ’60s London Mod vibe that comes with this Tod's parka, and it’s something that will still look great in 10 years’ time. Best thing about it? It works just as well with a suit underneath it as it does with jeans and white tee.
Dunhill Double-Breasted Coat
I’m a little bit obsessed with overcoats right now, which is a problem when you live in the Middle East. Still, I admire this one from Dunhill for two big reasons. One, the DB brass pockets would make me feel like a king, and two, a long swooping coat just looks amazing over a white tee and jeans. Bonus benefit number three is that it looks like the type of jacket you see in cartoon where, once unbuttoned, reveals a tower of small children standing on each other’s shoulders to look like one big person. That's a bonus, right?
Matt Hambly, Digital Editor
Is it a coat? Is it an oversized blazer? Who cares, it looks great! I really like all the harnesses and belted attachments— intended to be worn over shirts and tailoring— that brands like Heliot Emil are producing at the moment. This peak lapelled blazer from Loewe shows how you can take that subversive idea and make it work in a more formal setting.
Gucci Checked Shirt
My aesthetic is very much Jeff Goldblum circa Independence Day (for the uninitiated, that’s a checked shirt worn open over a white vest and a spectacular tan) so it was with great pleasure that I saw some oversized checked shirts poking out from beneath the jumpers at Gucci. I’ll take one in every colour, thanks.