Every now and then a high street retailer throws a curve ball that takes you a little while to process, the latest example being the November menswear lookbook from Mango. They have released a few lookbooks recently including their A/W14 Menswear lookbook and their A/W14 urban suiting collection which were both very safe plays for the brand, this November lookbook however is without the most fashion forward in the brand’s history. I am beyond impressed. For me Mango has always offered a very traditional and mainstream mens collection in it’s HE offshoot, it’s pretty accessible to the every man and is at times quite predictable. This lookbook couldn’t be more different, it’s high fashion shoot and trend led styling rivals that of Zara’s lookbook offerings but with Mango’s more masculine design details. It’s not often that I love every outfit in a lookbook and this is definitely the first time it’s happened this year, every piece is so beautifully styled individually that brought together in an outfit they become quite remarkable.
If I was have to pick a favourite feature it would have to be the outerwear which is possibly my favourite collection on the highstreet to date, with everything from statement military to cutting edge biker jackets covered Mango really have hit a home run here. I love how clean cut and futuristic everything is and how minimalistic it feels, especially in the wool blend biker jacket which is my favourite piece from the collection. The mix of tailoring with sports influenced pieces is really on trend and makes it feel so wearable day to day, it’s got a big Scandinavian street style feel to it. The knitwear is another strong point but then again I’m a huge fan of knitwear in general, the way Mango has broken down the barriers between smart and casual has created some really exciting outfit possibilities that are effortlessly stylish.
So as you can tell I am a big fan, this might be the collection that Mango win me over with. It’s amazing to see how diverse mens high street fashion is becoming, makes shopping so much easier!