In addition to the usual grey weather, it was also raining men in London last week! From January 6th through the 9th, London Fashion Week Men’s brought the boldest menswear designers to the runway. From Westwood to Wales Bonner, the Fall ’17 collections were a comment on the times with designers showing protective layers and renegade recycling. Check out The Untitled Magazine’s picks of the top collections of the week.
For her first show at London Fashion Men’s, Vivienne Westwood did what she does best – she presented a gender-bending collection of quintessentially British plaids with a patchwork of knits and prints, topped off with her signature crown.
J.W. Anderson got crafty this season. The British favorite layered crochet and chunky knits with bomber jackets and baggy pants. Perfect for the vagabond who has to flee the rave (and the country) with only the clothes on their back.
Although the first half of Topman’s collection brought out balloon trousers and bombers in fifty shades of grey, the brand has never shied away from bright hues. After a parade of roomy denim and feminine blouses it was time for the party. Quilted matching sets and patchworked sweats closed out the runway in a kaleidoscope of neon hues.
Craig Green, British menswear designer of the year, proved he was worthy of his title with his latest collection. The whole collection spoke of protection. In the first half of the runway show, models were ready to migrate in drawstring parkas, hoods and hats.The next set of men were ready for combat in quilted boxy silhouettes and asymmetrical tailored armor adorned with Byzantine prints. Finally Green brought an incredibly avant-garde on the hazmat suit.
While many young designers during the week went with overt political statements by putting flags, face paint, and missile shaped figures on the runway, Grace Wales Bonner used sleek styling and subtle embellishments to forward her message – which continues to be a comment on cultural identity and black male sexuality.This time around she threw in some millinery inspired by the Renaissance and 70’s groovy boys.