London Collection’s Men has returned to London following a successful first season in 2012. Now fully underway, we at What?! check out our top shows from the first day of the men’s collections.
Incorporating their key signatures from their womenswear line, the designer duo translate their gothic, moody and eccentric luxuriousness across to the menswear arena with ease, creating a debut true to the duo’s roots.
Creating the perfect combination of workwear and tailoring, Lou Dalton creates another slick collection of chunky knits, chic suits in emerald green, chunky knits and the welcome inclusion of show stealing tartan. The collection sticks within boundaries and doesn’t flip between extremes, creating a fluid set of casual and smart pieces that remain cohesive throughout.
The gentleman explorer was the main premise for the Topman Design collection. Large boxy fur lined parkas complete a multiple of layered looks, complete with backpacks. Tailoring, thick knitted roll necks and and Tibetan patterned jackets create the collection, in a varied colour palette ranging from snow white’s, deepest burgundy and Buddhist oranges. The perfect collection for the city slicker turned world traveller.
This collection brings another set of cool urban pieces. A paint splatter pattern remains prevalent throughout, almost as a new camo, whilst metallic jackets and hazardous oranges make up the relaxed tailoring and urban uniform of this safe yet cool collection.
Inspired by shadows, former CSM student Craig Green makes his debut on the MAN platform. Super dark, gothic and morbid, the primarily black and beige collection is the definition of gothic winter. Textured knitwear, bias cut trousers and thin leather pieces create an impressive and strong debut.
Sticking to the design aesthetics of her previous collection, Astrid Andersen creates another line of severe sportswear luxe. Fur trims, velvet tracksuits and jewel patterned two pieces on paper sound wrong, yet on the catwalk, these work too well creating utter luxury street-wear bliss.
Tailoring in an array of patterns and colours are on the menu for Agi & Sam. Electric blue box jackets, blazers sown at the front and burnt orange hazes paraded the catwalk. A collection that’s extremely slick, transitions well across the ages with it’s mix of smart tailoring that hint of Shoreditch cool.
Check back tomorrow for our Day Two round up…