LFW Mens: The Round Up
Celebrating its fifth birthday with Tracey Emin’s newly designed logo, London Fashion Week Men’s showcased some of the best home-grown and international talent. With shows from world renowned designer Vivienne Westwood, breakfasts from industry leading brand Burberry and closing parties from E-commerce power engine ASOS, this year’s event definitely did not disappoint. Let’s dive into some of our best highlights over the course of the week.
Firstly, a massive congratulations to our client Grace Wales Bonner and her team. Until SS18, her brand was known for combining fashion with historical narratives. This provided immense success and saw Wales Bonner deservedly win last year’s LVMH Prize for young designers. However, last Week, visitors heard oral extracts from Hilton Als, the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for criticism. The spoken word talked about the writer James Baldwin and the black queer creatives who followed his example. The collection was breathtaking and honest with text that asked readers to focus and allow its words to seep deeper.
Ditching half the looks we have all come to expect, Topman chose for a more intimate presentation; and it paid off. The collection found inspiration from a moment in time that changed fashion forever. Titled ‘New Romantic’ the clothes were a clear nod to the 1980’s club culture with sharp fittings, masculine V-shapes and bold, oversized outerwear.
Opening with a performance by the Theo Adams Company displaying dancers head to toe in pink cardboard, paper mache and flower petals, Charles Jeffery’s surreal collection was presented with an ‘orgy’ of styles. From Tudor street urchins to mantilla-clad duchesses, the radical creative focused on deviating from the norm; what else would you expect? Of course there were a few wearable pieces too. Worn out jackets were presented alongside embroidered denim and striped suiting. It’s truly incredible that this was his first independent show.
Another highlight came from the likes of Danish born Astrid Andersen. Andersen brilliantly grasped the balance between urban influences and feminine constructs. Taking the original safari theme and spinning it on its head, Andersen combined a sandy colour palette of muted khaki and natural cotton with everything from feffiyah- esque headwear to metallic laced muscle vest and velvet track pants. The luxurious floral printed silk Macintosh was a stand out design too. This was all accompanied by chunky wooden cuffs and oversized crystal rings from Danish brand Monies, a real tribute to the Scandi culture and style.