MY first weekend back in London after my Christmas break was a busy one, it started with a new job and ended with a busy weekend London Fashion Week Men's with my friend. Here's a run down of some of the things we got up to and the designs showcased.
Saturday started with a quick visit to Barbour's Presentation, this years was a lot smaller than previous years and demonstrated how the motorcycle brands is moving into design for the urban bike rider whilst keeping the brands trademark look. Next stop was the Wood Wood presentation which showcased both male and female designs. The collection had a very cool street style vibe and definitely a very wearable collection.
We then rushed off to the Tourne de Transmission's show. Set in a beautiful church in Soho, the setting complemented the collection perfectly as it had a gothic feel with lots of dark colours, shiny textures, layered silhouettes and feminine touches - a really chic and coherent looking collection. Next on our schedule was the Oliver Spencer show at the BFC show space, sticking to his trademark style of clean tailoring and effortless style, he drew inspiration for the colour palette and fabrics from autumnal London.
Ben Sherman X House of Holland at Somerset House was your next show. The collaboration between the two designers saw the bold colours and prints of HoH mixed with the tailored style of Ben Sherman creating a youthful and colourful look. The show itself had a real fun energetic vibe with models weaving in out of Northern Soul dancers, capturing the spirit of the era that heavily influences the Ben Sherman designs. Then it was a mad dash back next door to the BFC space to see the Liam Hodges show. His collection also had a very youthful feel, experimenting with clashing tartans, polka dot patterns, vibrant colours (including models with bright green hair) and cartoon-like elements.
Band of Outsiders was our last presentation of the day. Set outside on the ice rink of Somerset House the models performed on ice whilst wearing the collection. Although it was a beautiful setting and a stunning show to watch, we didn't really get chance to see the collection in much detail but I thoroughly enjoyed the energy and creativity of the presentation.
After all that running around our last point of call for the day was for a well deserved drink at the River Island Design Forum X Blood Brother launch party in Hoxton - a perfect end to day 1.
After a late night Saturday we took Sunday a little easier. First stop was David Beckham's fashion label Kent & Curwen's presentation which displayed their collection with a stunning set of portrait photographs by Perry Ogden. The exhibition was probably the highlight of the weekend for me as an art director, I am really into fashion photography and it was great to walk around the exhibition and discuss the stories behind the images. We then went to Christopher RAEBURN's show which was themed around the ocean and experimented with materials used in the RAF such as coveralls, parachutes and naval blankets. Pops of high vis colours, emergency whistles (also on the he invites) and strapping added to the theme with an emphasis on recycling running throughout the designs. Last stop for the weekend was the Alex Mullin's show, his designs we very creative and experimental using different textures (denim, velvets, corduroy), bright colours and tie dye to create a very 90's inspired collection.
Overall I felt this LFWM's had a more serious and sleek feel to previous seasons which reflects how the men's fashion industry is changing and growing. As for the clothes, I predict a 90's revival, dark palettes with colour pops, experimental textures and layered silhouettes as the main trends for Autumn/Winter 2018. L
To find out more about London Fashion Week Men's or any of the brands mentioned visit the LFWM's website here.