London’s open for stylish business with London Fashion Week Men

Roundup by Donna McCulloch

London Fashion Week Men’s (formerly known as London Collections: Men) and always seen as the poor relation to the more famous, womenswear collections, simply referred to as London Fashion Week, landed last Friday with GQ Editor (& the man largely responsible for its creation), Dylan Jones and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London declaring it (and London in the wake of BREXIT) officially open.

Brexit and recent global events were themes that ran through the collections with models at Christopher Shannon walking the runway with torn EU flags shrouding their faces and sweatshirts emblazoned with the slogan “International LOSS”.  Matthew Miller’s collection was simply entitled Project Fear.

Tinie Tempah showcased his first collection to much acclaim and a nod to all things craft was seen at Northern Irish Designer, JW Anderson’s collection with crochet squares in the form of ties, rucksacks and flippers (yes…. you heard that right). Nineties nostalgia came via Power Rangers at Bobby Abley and Grace Gilfeather, Fashion Editor at GQ, waxed lyrical about the knitwear at Lou Dalton.

L-R Craig Mcginley, Robert Konjic, Eric Rutherford and Paul Sculfor at Chester Barrie. Photo by Justin Goff

The celeb count was high this year, with David Beckham’s arrival resulting in a near frenzy amongst the press pack as he attended the Kent & Curwen Show. At Oliver Spencer, 1D’s Niall Horan cut a fine figure in this stylish brand, his Stylist, Ellie Stidolph has succeeded in a near re invention of this boy band member and he has never looked so good. At the Chester Barrie presentation, held at Smith & Wollensky, Dermot O’Leary, Tom Daley, Dougie Poynter, Olivia Palermo’s husband, Johannes Huebl and Craig McGinley were all in attendance.

This year’s collection felt bigger and better than in previous years and it seemed timely that the name has been changed to reflect this. London Fashion Week Mens has officially arrived. riddle_stop 2

Kent & Curwen

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