I must admit I’m a huge fan of men’s fashion and in many ways I find LCM more interesting than women’s fashion week. There is so much more I prefer to look at in men’s fashion mainly because a lot of what is sent down the catwalk is seen as art but also wearable something that doesn’t transcend as well in women’s fashion at times I think. Anyway, I’m going to round up the latest LCM here with a look at some of the main trends and then some of my favourite collections, it’s a slightly revamped review from me but hopefully it is in a style you guys will like and find easier to digest.
Main Trends: slim fit trousers harking back to the 60’s [think The Beatles in their skinny suits]. the colour green – from light to dark, rich heritage shades to brighter ones. raincoats in an array of colours, textures and fabrics. the colour orange. huge bags from the practical to the fashionable. and finally polo necks are still in.
My Favourite Collections: Agi and Sam, Paul Smith, Oliver Spencer, Lou Dalton, Jonathan Saunders, Sibling, Shoes from JW Anderson.
Agi and Sam
Huge checks, stripes and dogtooth over take a hell of a lot of this collection to great effect adding interest to the basic monochrome colour palette on offer from Agi and Sam’s A/W 14 collection. Oversized coats and blazers, skinny fit trousers, bomber jackets and plain ribbed beanies and the style of choice here. It’s streetwear with an edge, streetwear with sass and streetwear with plenty of style and smartness. It’s the type of off duty style I think many men would like to emulate, comfortable and easy to pull off yet fashionable and tailored.
Dogtooth, checks, patterned richly coloured scarves, brilliant tailoring [which is always to be expected from Smith] and plenty of layers with blazers over shirts over t-shirts. Their is a richness of the fabrics, a richness of the pattern and a richness of the colours on offer. Mixing traditional British dress, patterns and cuts with the richer and more colourful styles of places like Persia. It creates what can only be described as a brilliant, wearable collection with a great amount of interest running throughout with the influence of other, brighter cultures than the grey skies which influence a lot of English gentlemen’s dress of year’s gone by.
I obviously had to feature my favourite menswear designer at some point and with another good collection ready to be showcased too. Great tailoring, plenty of layers and splashes of colour amongst slightly duller tones. The basics of grey’s, navy’s, dark green’s are put with camel overcoats, orange trousers, red shirts, a bright yellow coat for the more daring and a checked coat and trouser combo. Going from smart looks to daytime style via outfits where there is a lot thrown together that somehow works really well. This covers every basis practicality wise whilst also covering every basis style for A/W wise.
Striped jumpers, bleached denim, boxy coats, worker boots and a light pink tie dye shirt and trouser combination. Again Lou Dalton has created a wearable collection whilst also daring you with her pink ensemble which actually for tie dye looks a lot more classy than other efforts seen all over the high street in the past year or so. There is that grungy element from the denim, tie dye and worker boots that adds to this collection and shows that grunge is here to stay for another season, albeit it a lot more tame, and it has a place in everyone’s wardrobe.
YVES Manzine, YVES Manzine
Bright clashing colours with purple jumpers and green trousers which shouldn’t work but does are all tied up with sharp, oversized, tailored coats, scarves and brightly stripped belts in yellow and red. There is stripes, pattern and lots of texture creating a depth to the colour blocking on offer from Saunders. The brightly patterned yet striped trousers are a particular highlight of the collection for me and something I completely love. It is a wonderful and brilliant collection that is obviously wearable and addresses the need to plenty of colour that is not as predominant with other collections from LCM.
A basic colour palette yet taking on good colours with navy’s and maroon’s among white and green’s. There is a lot of heritage style patterns and the theme seems to take a lot from the winters of places like the tundra with puffa jackets and huge snoods teamed with practical trousers, furs and gloves. There is also a more end of summer/sutumn vibe through from the shorts, blazers, slouchy cardigans and skinny trousers. I think this is a real standout collection mixing streetwear styles, patterns and shapes with the practical edges of clothing for cold winters.
For me, the JW Anderson collection was good but not as good as the others mentioned above and certainly not one I’d say was a favourite. Though I do want to mention the collection mainly for the shoes and box clutch bags. They are quite literally amazing and I totally wouldn’t mind a pair of the blue shoes and maybe the brown ones too. The box clutches totally remind me of antique, Victorian style jewellery boxes from the outside and though the shoes may be huge [slight clown shoe anyone?] they are so wonderful and brilliant that it doesn’t even matter.