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Never mind hedge fund tactics, our leading designers are taking the street in a different way – as inspiration for this season’s edgy, fashion-forward outfits. These are clothes for men who welcome a venture, who are prepared to take risks in the name of style.


Versace has always loved the Greek meander pattern, seen here on the eye-catching yellow-and-lavender crewneck sweater. That stylish field jacket has leather detailing on the pockets while the washed and abraded charcoal denims have metal studs patterned around the pockets.


Dolce & Gabbana didn’t use professional models for its runway show this season; instead it recruited millennial bloggers and social media stars. The merino wool sweater comes from that show, the crown knitted into the pattern, the “king” beneath it a sewn-on patch. The very trim pants are cropped above the ankle and decorated with metal military buttons on the hips and hems.



The bold placket really stands out on Diesel Black Gold’s sharp leather bomber. Stack jeans are designed to crumple below the knee, the coated black denim distressed with a bleached effect at the hips.



Diesel invented distressed denims, seen to effect here with a blue perforated suede bomber that’s perfect for a sunny fall day and light enough to wear indoors. Novelty graphics are everywhere this season, including on Diesel’s scarlet crewneck knit.


The patch shirt is a Lanvin signature, made from three or four different plaid pieces stitched together. The aviator bomber is also a composite with a leather front, nylon back and sleeves and a stand-up shearling collar.


Known for its affection for a soft, natural shoulder, L.B.M. presents this modern topcoat in a grey Prince of Wales check. Running the gamut from casual to suit wear, it could well become your favourite piece of autumn outerwear.


Not your father’s preppy Polo! There’s a touch of streetwise edginess to the new collection, with camouflage cargo pants and big, bold graphics on the vintage-inspired letterman jacket. Its body is melton wool, the sleeves are leather and there’s ribbed wool on the collar and cuffs.


Yves Salomom, the renowned Parisian fur and leather specialist, presents an ice grey cotton twill parka with a cloud-coloured shearling lining. The collar is trimmed with toscana shearling – the fleece treated to look like fur.


Designers Dean and Dan Caten play with proportion this season, sewing plaid cuffs and shirttails onto a hoodie emblazoned with their logo. Super-distressed denims reference punk and the whole look is finished with an oversized, puffy, shiny down-filled vest.


The British know coats better than anyone and this tailored camel-coloured topcoat is certainly smart enough to wear over a suit. It also looks very cool with a more casual outfit, thrown on over a hoodie, a chambray shirt and a pair of casual trousers. Nine-to-five becomes the weekend.


Here are two looks that could only be from John Varvatos. On the left, an asymmetrically zippered jacket in a coated stretch knit that looks like leather, layered over a vest and a band-collared shirt. On the right, a unique shawl-collared, cutaway jacket in an alpacawool blend. There’s only one button to fasten it – but five buttons running up each cuff. With velvet trim over the pockets and on the cuffs, it’s simultaneously dapper and rock ’n’ roll.