Let’s Hear it For the Boys

Posted by: on Jul 4, 2012 | No Comments

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:

Cropped Trousers 

Marits Roberts in a vintage Burton jacket with J.Lindeberg shoes during London men’s fashion week.Marits Roberts in a vintage Burton jacket with J.Lindeberg shoes
during London men’s fashion week

Steven in a  jacket by Our Legacy jacket paired with a Bag by WANT Les Essential De La VieSteven in a jacket by Our Legacy
paired with a bag by WANT Les essentiels de la vie

Tailoring

Men outside Savile Row Evening at Burlington ArcadeMen outside Savile Row Evening at Burlington Arcade

David Gandy at Savile Row Evening at Burlington ArcadeDavid Gandy at Savile Row Evening at Burlington Arcade

Playing with Print

Designers United Arrows. Left-Right Names: George, Naoki, Poggy. All wearing: United ArrowsGeorge, Naoki, and Poggy — designers of United Arrows, all wearing United Arrows

 

Blogger/Designer Callum Watt wearing a top by Vivienne Westwood and accessories by Topshop/ Vivienne Westwood/ Own DesignBlogger/Designer Callum Watt wearing a shirt by Vivienne Westwood
and accessories by Topshop, Vivienne Westwood and his own design

Contemporary

Fashion Editor Lawrence Lau in a Versace top with Boots by Rick OwensFashion Editor Lawrence Lau in a Versace top
with boots by Rick Owens

Didier a former model for Yoji Yamamoto in a jacket by Raf Simons and shoes by Jil SanderDidier, a former model for Yoji Yamamoto,
in a jacket by Raf Simons and shoes by Jil Sander

Grunge

Stylist Ben Schofield in trousers by KTZ  and a Vintage topStylist Ben Schofield in trousers by KTZ  and a Vintage top

Accessorise

Jason Alexander Basson in a lobster bowtie by Dokter & MissuesJason Alexander Basson in a lobster bowtie by Dokter & Missues

Jason Alexander Basson in a lobster bowtie by Dokter & Missues - close up imageJason Alexander Basson in a lobster bowtie by Dokter & Missues

Kubo wearing a top by Alex Mattison with trousers by Casette Playa and Customised Nike from a Tokyo designer Kubo wearing a top by Alex Mattison with trousers by Casette Playa
and customized Nikes from a Tokyo designer 

Kubo wearing a top by Alex Mattison with trousers by Casette Playa and Customised Nike from a Tokyo designer Kubo wearing a top by Alex Mattison with trousers by Casette Playa
and Customised Nike from a Tokyo designer 

Suited and Booted

Arthur Malan-Murison Creative Fashion Director, "GQ South Africa"; Editor, "GQ Style South Africa"; Editor, "Eyeofneedle" wearing Tiger of Sweden with accessories by V&A.Arthur Malan-Murison, Creative Fashion Director, “GQ South Africa”; Editor, “GQ Style South Africa”; Editor, “Eyeofneedle” wearing Tiger of Sweden with accessories by V&A.

Jenico Preston Head of Sponsorship for the British Fashion Council wearing suit and shoes by Mr.Start Jenico Preston, Head of Sponsorship for the British Fashion Council
wearing suit and shoes by Mr. Start 

Daniel Alexsis in a jacket by Calvin Klein and shoes by COSDaniel Alexsis in a jacket by Calvin Klein and shoes by COS

Expert Layering

Martel Campbell in a waist coat by Paul Smith with a bowtie by D-Lyle and shoes Ben Sherman Martel Campbell in a waistcoat by Paul Smith
with a bowtie by D-Lyle and shoes by Ben Sherman 

Elite Models Alister & Alex wearing head to toe Serdar Uzuntas   Alister & Alex of Elite Models wearing head to toe Serdar Uzuntas   

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.
Other posts by Tracy Kawalik on Luxe Lust.
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