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Showcasing the forthcoming A/W trends, now in it’s 8th Season, LC:M once again demonstrated how London is at the centre of fashion as well as the power of menswear today. So, with the jolliness of xmas over we’re very happy to bring you our highlights and the excitment of the new season, This year arguably, emerging designers and premium brands uptook techniques from womenswear, Savile Row tailoring and androgynous dress. You could say there’s certainly more to London Collection: Men than bearded street stylers, brogues and pocket squares..!
Referencing the 70s yet again with a new flair (excuse the pun) from glam satins, oversized beanies and LA inspired hippy Origins. A mish-mash of textures were key from velvet and brocade to washed denim and thick knits. Our favourites include the faded rollneck (the garment thats not going anywhere) shimmer details and paisley prints.
Since it’s debut in 2003 Urban eged KTZ packed a punch with it’s American-Sports theme. Oversized Hockey type sweats, motorcyle badges and slogans featured creating a seemingly grown up street style. Set against a background of German electronic music, the bold looks combined numerous cultural references with a slick silhouette and stong colour palette. Key details included leather braiding (only for the brave), varsity stripes and baseball trainers.
Ever the much-anticipated show, this season Sarah Burton’s creations inhabited the brand’s dark romantic tone with a new insight into Charles Darwin’s Natural Selection. Refering to the ‘dawn of something’ as well as a Victorian nuance, a butterfly replaced the skull motif synonymous with McQueen. Blood reds sat against black beading and braiding with blurred moody prints. Our highlights were the pirate style shirt- half Jack Sparrow, half New Romantic Springs to mind- as well as medallion earrings and cheek pierceings, symbolizing an eerilly tragic kind of beauty.
A mixtures of weird and wonderfully wearble came from the brand who pioneered androgynous trends. Said to be inspired by the idea of the ‘Urban tale’ of a character that may or may not exisit, the collection was playful and contemporary. Retro cartoon prints stuck out amongst 90’s, Kurt Cobain-style cardigans and punk chokers. Satin Pyjamas, Primly cropped jackets and a fitted camel coat with a studded collar set the tone for an easy-lux, rebellious look.
Dubbed as one of the hottest tickets, Christopher Bailey’s show was chosen to close with astonishing effect by paying homage to Star David Bowie. Models were emblemed with quotes and glitter referencing Bowie down the catwalk as Oh! You Pretty Thing played. Alongside the brands heritage trench, in wool checks and 70’s inspired hues, a modern edged dandy was evident. Showing the brands strength, with great confidence Bailey looked back to the classics in a none-the-less modern way. Flashes of red, sporty bombers and tracksuit tops made the collection more current than ever as we reach a new age of dressing; whilst still embracing the style heroes of late.