Now that the hustle and bustle of London Fashion Week Mens has settled down, we can look back at some of the highlights from last week. A recurring theme seems to be workwear-inspired fashion. Phoebe English MAN invited us to a pottery workshop where models were making clay creations in collarless tunics, Bodybound presented functional embroidered denim, Pronounce used classic tailoring with Chinese workwear references and E. Tautz’s loose pyjama-style suits with thick grandad stripes gave a nostalgic feeling of the 1940s.
Next to the straight silhouettes and earthy colour palettes, optimism and utopic ideologies bucked the trend. Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY created a playful dreamworld with colourful designs and references to the 90s and clubkid culture, Bobby Abley explored the exuberance of youth with a Teletubbies themed collection, Vivienne Westwood had models dancing and doing acrobatic tricks on the catwalk and Art School celebrated the power of love and rebellion with their ‘Queer Couture’ collection at MAN SS18.
Harry Xu, Edward Crutchley and Topman‘s collections explored gender boundaries and the definition of masculinity. Harry Xu builds on the sentiment of romanticised masculinity with a unique take on contemporary tailoring. Think soft, transparent textures mixed with bold and structured silhouettes. Edward Crutchley dressed his models in avant-garde gowns, referring to numerous historical periods and imbuing femininity in masculine silhouettes. Topman was influenced by late 70s David Bowie with updated New Romantic looks and sparkly hair and makeup. Anyone who still thinks dresses and makeup are not for men, should probably think again.
After the eventful 5th Anniversary of LFWM, we can definitely conclude menswear is becoming more and more exciting and we can’t wait to see what the future will bring…
Words by Sara Blanken
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