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London Collections Men this has been and gone; however this season has been the most exciting and daring in my opinion. With the first LCM showcasing the SS13 season last year, the GQ Editor and chair of the Menswear committee – Dylan Jones stated himself that this year’s “ Inaugural men’s week as been more successful than they anticipated”. The stand-alone fashion week in the social calendar is stepping out of the limelight of the Women’s wear fashion weeks and creating a formidable presence, that is surely here to stay.
There were so many different themes and trends, present on the catwalks:
Prints – although brands such as Agi & Sam are known for their humorous aesthetics and loud prints, the concept of mixing bespoke prints and tailoring was very popular amongst other Fashion Brands such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Basso and Brooke. Aside from the prototypical use of florals for Spring Summer, the prints ranged from racing stripes, space and jungle graphic images.
Muted Tones – Aside from colour blocking and bold colours that were hugely popular this season, brands such as Margaret Howell, Alan Taylor, Matthew Miller and Alexander McQueen opted for a more demure aesthetic, with creams, beiges, whites and greys being particular colours of choice.
Other themes that were prevalent on the catwalks were lustrous plastics and high sheen elements, evident in the collections of Tom Ryling and Christopher Shannon. Moreover the Italian conventional way of using muscular models, and uber -masculinity, was a notion adopted by the likes of Astrid Anderson, Sibling and of course Dolce and Gabbana themselves, although the models were typically dressed in feminine silhouettes which provided an interesting contrast. Dissimilarly there were also themes of gender bending, and a play on it with the use of high-rise boots, frill details, halter necks and the use of longhaired androgynous models; As seen in JW Anderson and Matthew Miller.