It’s no secret that men’s fashion is big business, and the recent London Collections: Men (London’s men’s fashion week) proved that the future for menswear is brighter and stronger than ever. Heavy-hitting names packed the three day schedule, including an opening party Thursday evening hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales, a dinner with Tom Ford, drinks with David Gandy at Saville Row, a private Q&A at BAFTA with Sir Paul Smith and world-famous fashion editor Suzy Menkes and, of course, a star-studded catwalk show featuring everyone from TOPMAN, to Richard James, Mr.Start, Sibling, J.W. Anderson, Liberty London, Hardy Aimes and many more.
Refreshingly laid back, effortlessly cool, and full of class, it was no surprise that from the very start London Collections: Men would be a tremendous success. The dedicated menswear event created by GQ’s Dylan Jones and the British Fashion Council was the first time running and left a lot to live up to in the future years to come, not only for its outstanding show line-up and orgainization but for the pure and simple vibe throughout.
Showcasing fashion through a man’s eyes, with no attitude or style posing attached, proved a success at making the clothes and designers shine. People celebrated the industry without any pretense — quite different from London Fashion Week when all the female claws seem to come out!
Lack of snobbery, however, did not take away from the scene-stealing style the men put forth daily. The gents consistently pulled out all the stops with impeccable tailoring, expert layering, and colour popping accessories, confirming London’s place as a worldwide fashion destination for both sexes. Us women will have to watch out.
Here’s a look at some of the favoured trends, shot from the streets:
Playing with Print
Suited and Booted
Tracy Kawalik is a London-based fashion writer and stylist. She has contributed to many UK and international publications and is a regular correspondent at London Fashion Week. Styling work includes pop-up shops and events with some of London’s most prominent designers and venues along with television and editorial.
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