As a woman I steal from men’s fashion constantly, some of the most staple pieces in any woman’s wardrobe, from a classic black blazer to a NY baseball hat, started first as menswear. This is not to say that menswear is simply there for women to build on, rather both realms stand on their own but are constantly inspiring one another. Coming from Canada, and as much as I love Canadian guys, menswear is nowhere near at the level it is in London. As good as a flannel can be, I wont be seeing Canadian men wearing a scarf with a face, coving their face ( as seen above from the Alex Mullins show) but in London that scarf can be a popping out to tesscos on a Tuesday look.
London fashion is all about being bold and creative, and this years Collections Men week represented these words remarkably. One of the most admirable elements to London's Collections Men is it's focus on showcasing emerging designers, who may not yet have had their names printed in Vogue. When looking at the shows there appears to be no rules, no print or cut too daring, and yet there is an impeccable level of tailoring and execution. This is the land that brought us tweed and tartan but it is also the place that has some of the freshest street style in the world. The British gentleman can now be both posh and cool in the current London fashion scene.
Sadly, I was not able to make it to the week, traveling with my family, but I was keeping up to date on the week and watching all the highlights. Bellow is the trends I saw and loved of the week from some of the best designers, well known and up-and- coming.
The Bobby Abley show was one of my favourites of the season. Being both playful and contemporary. The looks ranged from cartoon character sweat shirts to statement all black looks, as seen above.
Burberry is always a highlight of any fashion week, and there is no down-grading of the over all experience of the show when it comes to menswear. This season Burberry went with a more casual look. While there were plenty of trench coats to be seen there was also a great deal of urban sports-wear influence, which is everything right now. As seen above with the mix of a sports jacket paired with glitzy pants.
Layer, layer, layer. Hood over jacket, over sweater, was a huge look for this season. Layering different pieces over top of each other to a create a standout outfit was featured by both new and classic designers, including Agi and Sam, seen above.
Moschino shows are one of the hottest tickets in the fashion world right now, from ground breaking designs to coveted models, it is where to be. The location of the shows has often been in Millan but for this menswear season it took place in London, and how fitting it was. Bright colours, especially primary colours, were a big trend this season, and Jeremy Scott is the king of standing out. The painted element of of the suits, seen on the right hand image, was constant throughout the show, and gave the clothes a Pop Art feel.
Nowhere is London, or I'd argue the world, does knitwear better than Sibling. This season inspiration pulled quite literally from boxers, think if Rocky let his grandmother make his outfits. I highly recommend watching this show in full, as the progression from subtle hints of boxer inspiration to full out knitted robe, as seen above, I truly masterful.
If you're looking for a tad more subtle way to do the knitwear trend than take inspiration from the Astrid Andersen, one of my personal favourite brands at the moment, show, as seen bellow.