River Island: Darkside Collection

Out with the colour and in with the black. River Island has released yet another take on AW12 menswear, with their new Dark Side collection. Warning: you may pee your pants a little when you see this!

So often do people linger in anticipation – waiting for the last brown leaf to fall or feel the crisp nibble of winter at their nape – and immediately run to the ‘black section’ of their wardrobe. It’s almost like summer has been one constant plunder through the world of colour; confusing and about five miles out of the comfort zone for most. Then this dark, dreary safety net swoops in, catching all those who crave a style vacation.

River Island has successfully combined this safety net in a trio with bold and chic, offering compensation for lack of colour by invigorating other senses via the use of material and design aesthetic. Corduroy shirts, cable knit wools and leather and metal accessories are but some of the pieces on offer.

Catering for both formal and informal looks; try combining the two tone coat or Crombie smart coat with casual trousers and pointed shoes. Styling the outfit with a beanie and messenger bag will provide a balance between both smart and casual. My favourite look of the collection would be the grey acid wash shirt, PU detail cap, Flynn skinny jeans and black high tops.

You can shop the full line at River Island now.

River Island: Darkside Collection

River Island: Darkside Collection