LONDON COLLECTION MEN A/W 2015: DAY 2
Day#2 of London Menswear A/W 2015 witnessed some interesting fashion statements on the runway from traditional bespoke tailoring associated to the ‘perfect man’ to military-chic constantly creating an edge, it was an interesting interplay of Menswear A/W 2015.
Lou Dalton: The collection was mostly about layering in an ultra-masculine manner. “Control, empowerment, self-belief. It was something quite personal about being in control and the sensitivity of a man. Seeing what’s beneath that and exposing that.” mentioned the Royal College of Arts graduate. The show featured a multitude of jackets, oversized coats in shades of navy blue, steel grey and black. The designer combined cheap with expensive fabrics such as fleece in her ensembles. The dull winter shades were made brighter with pops of colour like salmon pink, orange and blue.
Maharishi: Military-chic is the word that would instantly click on anyone’s mind when one thinks of any Maharishi collection. The clothes oozed confidence, masculinity and raw sexiness. From leather separates to military prints to 1920’s inspired double breasted trench coats, the designer definitely took us all the way on his military trail. When I saw his collection, Kanye West is all that came on my mind. A fashion icon himself, he could use some of his clothes in his regular street-style.
Astrid Andersen: This designer was all about urban street-style. He breathed in his creative breathe into his sportswear inspired designs. The collection would surely give rap artists a run for their money. The designer infused pink lace in the garments and still managed to make it look manly. The bulky jackets and berets paired with the Nike sneakers further heightened the masculinity. The outfits, particularly the lowers had quite a shiny visual texture.
YMC: The collection reflected a very cool and casual men’s dressing. It followed a similar colour palate of navy blue, cobalt blue, white, black and shades of grey. The designer really kept it cool and casual with the fedora hats paired with matching jackets and loose tracks. The outfits combined modernity with tradition. One could spot all time classics like the white shirt, blue jeans, black and white stripes etc. Designs were kept minimal with the focus on the overall look.
Agi & Sam: The collection presented by the designer duo were vibrant and fun with colour- blocking and abstract prints. They re-invented the dull colour palate by infusing warm shades of bright red, mustard yellow, dull orange and cobalt blue. The show took you back to her childhood days with funky Lego face masks in similar bright shades. The men looked fresh in their squeaky clean white sneakers.
Hardy Amies: The British Savile Row menswear brand known for its heritage truly reflected bespoke British tailoring. Holding on to tradition, Hardy Amies featured classic suits in navy, electric-blue, emerald. The men looked cozy in long woolen jackets & cashmere woolen sweaters.
John Lobb: Luxury English footwear manufacturer John Lobb showcased a range of shoes from suede canvas shoes. The designer combined suede with leather, a great combination for the feet. The collection showcased the timeless aubergine boot to suit the season!
Christopher Raeburn: The collection sent us into an arctic expedition with coats that were bright neon orange coats and cerulean blue. The designer added a bit of funk with the shark prints showcased in warm scarves and sweaters. The look was kept casual with dark denim loose pants paired with classic black oxfords.
Sibling: The collection definitely grabbed eyeballs today on the second day of London Collection Men. Forget sober winter shades, the only colour, forget colour palate evident was PINK! (Rather too much of it) Whether it was lack of imagination or the mere pink obsession, the idea just keeps me in the dark. The men wore striped jackets, cardigans, long shorts and full length pants. Overall the collection seemed ordinary with an indulgent touch of femininity with usage of fish nets and latex like material.
Photo Credits: Vogue UK