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GQ X Carnaby Style Night – GQ Fashion Team’s Top SS16 Trends

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On Thursday evening, I headed to GQ X Carnaby Style Night. Now in its fifth year, shoppers were invited to receive 20% off at designated stores, the opportunity to be spotted by the Style Night fashion scouts to win a goody bag, and the chance to attend a few exclusive events. One of which, a selection of curated talks by the British GQ fashion team.

I was lucky enough to nab a spot at the 6.30pm session, a SS16 trend talk, hosted by Fashion Director, Robert Johnston, Associate Style Editor, Nick Carvell and Senior Fashion Assistant, Holly Roberts.


On arrival, I was greeted by the newest edition of GQ and a 50’s style cola, by Detroit-based company, Shinola. After introductions, the GQ fashion team took it in turns to share and discuss as a panel, the most prominent trends coming through for SS16. And here’s a few I took away from the talk to share with you:

Nick Carvell

  • Subtlety distressed jeans – find out how to do this easily at home in the newest edition of GQ. Works better on pure denim – don’t distress jeans made out of lycra mix fabrics, as frays like ripped underwear!
Image 1 of ASOS Slim Jeans In Ecru With Raw Hem And Rip And Repair Details
Asos slim jeans in ecru with raw hem and rip & repair details – £35
  • Sports luxe continues – drawstring and joggers, paired with skate shoes
Topman Khaki smart woven joggers – £15 (sale)
  • Light denim (a.k.a Dad denim) – Looser than skinny fit, in whites or creams
River Island Light blue wash Seth slim fit jeans – £30

Holly Roberts

  • Dressed down tailoring – for a sports luxe look, pair blazers with jeans or trainers
Selected Homme sand blazer – £100
  • Print on print – Hawaiian, floral, vintage or whatever – go for it!
Men's Fuyugi Short Sleeve Shirt (INK NAVY) -
All Saints fuyugi short sleeve shirt – £90
  • Mix it up for the office – trainers are as appropriate for the office, as they are for the weekend
River Island grey cropped skinny trousers – £28

Richard Johnston shared his advice on men’s jackets, advising his top SS16 looks to be:

  • Cotton blazers – great for the office
  • Green – the colour of summer
  • Summer Suede baseball jacket – the suede trend continues into SS16
Image 1 of ASOS Suede Bomber Jacket In Tan
Asos suede bomber jacket in tan – £100

The discussion closed with a subject I recently polled on Twitter – ‘To sock or not to sock?’ – that is the question.

Nick like myself confessed to being a secret socker! advising to shop around and invest in good quality cotton socks to avoid non-slip, suggesting Uniqlo as the best fitting and J.Crew best for the wider foot.

Thanks to the British GQ team for the SS16 style advice. Look forward to seeing you again next year!

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