After months of preparations and excitement, fashion luminaries
from around the globe flocked to the capital for the showcase that
was London Collections: Men - a host of occasions ranging from
fashion shows, presentations, dinners and parties. This inaugural
event is sure to be remembered by most, especially with the visual
feast that was served from the best in British menswear. Here are
some, some being the operative word, of the Fashion Week(end)
The opening show of LC:M and most certainly one of the
most memorable. Inspired by late '70s American cinema and the
narrative of the underdog. The collection featured light summer
trenches, over-sized baseball shirts, leather paneled shirts and
Inspired by the sculpture Rape of Proserpina by Benini,
the key materials in this collection were denim and neoprene.
Blended together to make a collection that epitomized the brand's
If Topman Design is anything to go by, summer 2013 is set to see
the return of the skater/surfer. The collection featured bright
illustrative colours with black prints, neon suits, oversized
backpacks, skateboards, and neoprene wetsuit shorts. So rich in
nostalgia, it would have came as no surprise if Zack Morris himself
walked the show.
The must see show has got to be MAN. It exemplifies some
of the sheer raw talent that British menswear has to offer. This
season saw Agi & Sam present vibrant micro-print suits and
floral fusion print attire, all modeled by mustached men. Astrid
Anderson produced a luxe sportswear infusion, and Shaun Samson's
key staples were cat face print shirts and stripes throughout.
From today onwards this show must be referred to as the
everyman collection in that there was something for every gent no
matter what taste or caste. From the colourful loafers and loose
linen shirts to the tailored blazers.
If good things come to those who wait then Jonathan Saunders has
that mantra down to a T. The presentation was the home of bright
micro print and stripes, with the odd corrugated summer jumper
thrown in for good measure. It was a stand out collection.
Well dressed bearded beatniks are the key words to describe
Kashoura's collection. Light summer luxe in the form of graphic
shirts, unstructured blazers and embossed knits.
Leave it to Margaret Howell to make an effortlessly cool yet
traditional collection that features military inspired shirts,
double denim, lightweight jackets and well crafted backpacks.
The crescendo, of what will be the first of many LC:M's, was
Nicole Farhi who delivered a youthful yet dapper collection that
echoed summers gone by. With some prominent pieces such as jersey
crew necks, short sleeved romper jumpsuits and pyjama shirts