LONDON COLLECTION MEN A/W’2015: DAY 3
Day 3 witnessed a twist of taste on the concept of classics presented by designers upcoming and established.It was a throwback to the good-old-English classics. While certain designers stuck to tradition, the rest gave it a revamp. Interpretations were different, however, the underlying message was the same, pride in British heritage. From McQueen’s contemporary yet regal collection to Moschino’s winter wonderland, one thing was common: Classics are here to stay and can never go out of style!
With another day left for the collections of some of the biggest designers here at LC: M, I wonder what next is in store for A/W’2015.
J.W Anderson: The British designer known for his androgynous aesthetics certainly pulled off a great A/W’2015. The collection adhered to mostly neutral colour schemes in shades of brown, white, cream, black with an occasional sprinkle of colour like cobalt blue, purple and maroon. A range of winter must-haves were showcased on the runway from black velvet jackets, lambskin leather trench coats to ultra-warm jackets with shearling lining. The look was clean and simple with men sporting cropped hair in oxfords.
Margaret Howell: The contemporary British designer kept things classy with her minimalistic yet highly British aesthetic. Taking pride in her heritage, the designer featured timeless classics like the white shirt, long coats both single and double breasted, argyle woolens and the trench coat. The looks were completed with straight cut pants and oxfords. The colour scheme was also kept minimal with shades of black, white, grey & navy blue.
James Long: Claimed by the British fashion press and buyers as “one of London’s promising menswear designers.” James Long presented a collection by shaking up things a bit on the concept of street style. The collection combined luxury with casual by pairing denims with shearling lined leather jackets and coats. Colour tones were kept minimal with blue, black and white in focus. It also included classic items with contemporary such as abstract prints, stripes. The pants had strips of other materials incorporated in them to add to the roughness in a sophisticated manner.
Richard James: A bespoke Savile Row tailors and contemporary menswear company, the label won both British Fashion Council’s ‘Designer of the year’ and ‘Bespoke Designer of the year’ in the past. The collection truly reflected his fine taste in designs and tailoring. The collection had a winter vibe to it and had a variety of colours from black, grey, cerulean blue, gold, tangerine and dull browns. The designer stuck to eternal classics incorporating classic winter fabrics like tweed, suede, silk and warm woolens with classic silhouettes like trench coats, single and double-breasted jackets and suits.
Moschino: Be it any season, Moschino never forgets to have some fun with fashion. This time for A/W’2015, it was a complete winter wonderland! Moschino set its own colour code from warm colours like tangerine, reds to metallic like gold, silver to classics like black and white. There was a generous dollop of fur on the runway to keep everyone snug in the winters .Numerous trends from denims, plaid, floral, patchwork to animal prints in cheetah and zebra brought an element of versatility on the runway. The furry winter boots were so cozy, one could just imagine slipping one’s feet in them.
Pringle of Scotland: The luxury knitwear manufacturer and importer of cashmere definitely ruled the roost in classics on Day 3 at LCM A/W’2015. The colour palate was dark and wintry with models strutting the ramp in black, white and varying shades of grey. The designer duo showcased British classics like argyle print cashmere sweaters, trench coats, tweed and lambskin leather jackets. The look was completed with classic oxfords.The designers maintained simplicity through classics.
Alexander McQueen: The Alexander McQueen A/W’2015 was how I expected; the garments were bold, masculine with a sense of drama. It was a dark gothic winter this season in the House of McQueen with the colour scheme majorly black, steel grey and blood red. The art of tailoring was reflected in the garments. The ensembles were so sharp that they could kill. McQueen blended modernity in tradition silhouettes in ways the men looked opulent yet modern. Such an example would be the traditional military coats with big bold prints like ‘Honour’, ‘Valour’, ‘Truth’. The outfit that stood out for me would be the black and red suit which had a gothic floral influence. Alexander McQueen joined the army with Sarah Burton’s military inspired collection that majorly encompassed military trench coats.
KTZ: The designer trio known for their modern edginess delivered nothing less than the mentioned with it’s A/W’2015 collection. The colour scheme was mostly sober with dull shades of grey, black and white with an occasional outburst of bright red and blue. Certain ensembles like the trench coats had a military influence with a contemporary twist with prints on them. Men wore oversized coats with bold skeletal patterns, some also with fur hoods. KTZ also unleashed their raw energy with their leather on leather ensembles and combats.
Dunhill: The luxury designer showcased its collection with its classic British old-school vibe. The colour scheme were minimal and in shades of brown, black, tan and grey. Sticking to English tradition the classic pieces like the suit, white shirt, plaids, stripes were followed. Traditional winter fabrics like cashmere, shearling and velvet were popular on the runway.
Gieves & Hawkes: One of the oldest bespoke tailoring companies in the world just served what it always has for generations- tradition of British heritage. Men dressed in finely tailored suits glorified masculinity to the peak. It consisted of the jackets both single and double breasted, straight fitted pants and cashmere sweaters. In a range of winter colours from black, navy blue, grey and maroon the collection was perfect for A/W’2015.
Photo Credits: Vogue UK