It’s the 5th anniversary for London Fashion Week Mens. I can’t believe we’ve now seen 10 season over 5 years! This year was one of the biggest and best as designers flocked to the capitol to show their forthcoming collections for Spring/summer 2018. Here’s a few of my favourites straight from the front row…
Each and every year Bobby Abley has been a personal highlight of mine. This season saw the designer team up with Chinese brand I Love Choc and the Teletubbies. Yes, the Teletubbies. The collections saw ‘Tubbie-style colours splashed across 90’s inspired pieces.
For Raimund Berthold’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection, he explored the study of masculinity and conflict through taking inspiration from a series of photographs of child soldiers across Sierra Leone, Uganda, Liberia, and Nigeria.
The designer continued to style athletic designs with more traditional menswear pieces, originating from cultures and countries far from her birthplace of Denmark. This season was no different as Andersen’s explored safari and desert-wear with an icy blue floral print similar to fine china.
Through an exploration of power, survival and instinct, silver shined in every look through zips, buckles and tabs adding a utilitarian contribution to the blacks, army greens, and muddy flannel greys seen in the collection. Slits along sleeves, armholes, and across model’s chests were held together by thick white and silver embellished stitches.
Looking at dull 90’s office wear for inspiration, Xander Zhou put an almost homoerotic, sexual spin on the uniform; shirts with nipples popping out and deconstructed denim – a u-turn from the previous explorations of sub cultures and club scenes.
Thanks to her exciting take on presentations, Phoebe English has fast become a LFWM favourite of mine. Staying true to her signature minimal, accessible menswear, his season Phoebe’s silhouette was equally unstructured.
Traditional meets contemporary in Barbour’s mix of bold colours with the brands classic silhouette; white t-shirts, cargo trousers and waxed jackets collide with pops of turquoise blue and vibrant yellow.
Loud Dalton’s Jermyn Street window display showcased the brands bold strip, summer knits, and constructed shirts.
With their bold and powerful statement of “we will not wilt,” Bodybound’s SS18 collection took inspiration from protest marches, anti-war slogans, and flower power of the 60’s.
St James London
London is most probably famous for it’s world class tailoring, so I had to include some sharp-cut silhouettes from St James, who once again turned Savile Row into an open-air catwalk.
Wan Hung’s presentation looked like the gym of the future – metallic sweat pants, chainmail gloves, and silk robes.