Bags of Style…
The fashion pack descend again for the fashionable maelstrom that is London Fashion Week Men
Roundup by Donna McCulloch
It was a chillier (and shorter) London Fashion Week Men’s SS18 than this time last year but that didn’t stop the fashion pack from coming out in full force for the packed schedule. My LFWM started at Savile Row for the Kirk Originals presentation at Gaziano & Girling where they showcased their new Handmade in England sunglasses.
On Saturday (and officially Day 1) of proceedings, was the fabulous WOOD WOOD, Before and After, presentation. I am a big fan of this Danish brand; their effortlessly cool but infinitely wearable pieces in muted tones with splashes of colour make them one to watch. Tourne De Transmission won the award for best venue, hosted at St George’s Church at Bloomsbury at the bottom of Oxford Street and complete with burning incense, it was the cosiest setting for a cold January day. Oliver Spencer’s “Love is the Drug” show, back at The Strand, opened with the Roxy Music track of the same name and for a Generation Xer like me, this made me smile… A lot.
Day 2 and the media frenzy that was the Kent & Curwen presentation. Thanks to the brand’s business partner, a certain Mr Beckham (who…? Ed), even Riddle’s humble Fashion Editor got papped! This presentation entitled, The Boxer-The Musician -The Artist, is a collaboration with renowned photographer and filmmaker, Perry Ogden. It is a very strong collection and one that is cross generational, with pieces that father, son and grandson could wear.
The Daniel Fletcher presentation at the Institute of Contemporary Arts was inspired by the “muddled” 1980s; this collection didn’t scream, it was quiet. The second day finished for me with the Alex Mullins show, styled by Victoria Sekrier, (Alicia Vikander’s Stylist), this was Alex’s first runway show at the BFC and his signature oversized suits were a key theme, in all their technicoloured hues.
The third and final day, I saved the best ‘til last… the Blood Brother Show was my show of the season. I loved it and actually gasped at the gold jumpsuit… who says I can’t wear it? I missed the Belstaff presentation but a reliable source tells me a certain Gallagher may have been modelling.