Negronis All Round…
Fashion lifts the political gloom at London Fashion Week Men’s Spring Summer 2018 collections
Roundup by Donna McCulloch
On the day we all woke to news of a hung parliament, across town, in another part of London, LFW Men’s Spring Summer 2018 returned for its fifth anniversary with Tracey Emin designing the logo to commemorate it. Due to recent events, security at 180 The Strand was, as expected, a top priority, but this in no way detracted from the spectacle and at Oliver Spencer on Friday, we were treated to a tribute to the capital with LOVE TOWN tees.
On Saturday, GQ’s very own Grace Gilfeather styled the St James’ Catwalk Shows on Jermyn Street and the sun shone down on us all. The male model quota was sky high at this event with David Gandy, Toby Huntington-Whiteley, Richard Biebul, Paul Sculfor and Craig McGinley all FROW. Lou Dalton’s presentation, also on Jermyn Street with a shop window full of boys was awash with stripes and bold colours. With New & Lingwood offering Negronis a couple of doors down, it seemed rude not to take them up on the offer.
Sunday saw the hottest ticket in town at Kent & Curwen at the site of their new store on Floral Street, with not just one, but almost the entire Beckham family present. Both father and son looked dapper decked out in the new S/S 18 pieces. It is perhaps fitting as the business partner of the brand and one of the most famous, contemporary British sportsmen that the inspiration for this collection was teams, with respectful, yet reimagined sportswear, blurring the line between old and new, worn with a British nonchalance.
Elsewhere, Bobby Abley’s show was an homage to all things Tellytubby and Stella McCartney showcased her love of cardigans. GQ invited us to attend the drinks reception for the Aston Martin/Hogan Collab with Rafferty Law (son of Jude and Sadie) on DJ-ing duty. Tom Daley and Ella Eyre popped in for the cocktail of the week… more Negronis…
On Monday and the final day, the eagerly awaited show of Central and St Martin’s graduate Craig Green took place; one of the most important designers working in London right now, he was named British Menswear Designer of the Year in 2016 and was approached by Ridley Scott to costume design for Alien:Covenant. The show was considered a triumph and he proved why he is London’s finest. Although not overtly political, he is quoted as saying that even in hard times, people need to have dreams and fantasies, and, man, do we all need to hold on to that sentiment right now.