We’re tired, we’re irritable but we’re going to keep on going. Today is the second day of London Collections : Men (LCM) and we’re still loving absolutely everything. Ok, well not quite everything. We’ve turned our noses up at a lot of stuff so far but the majority is absolutely beautiful.
Appearing first on the line up is J.W. Anderson. We saw from A/W 13 peplum like shorts with frilly boots. Not the case here, obviously, as Anderson shows us clean cut simple lines on an array of white, red and black leather. Draped and layered squares and rectangles seem to take centre point on many of his pieces aswell. Sleeveless leather shirts along with a set of pink patterned and monochrome halter neck tops, which also filtered throughout the middle of the show. The best bit of this fabulous ensemble? The hair. Anderson moulded the models to have gelled forward barnets with crimped, frizzy fringes. Could the models see properly? No. Do we care? Not really. No, that’s a lie, they were fantastic and currently my thinspiration.
SIBLING, a personal favourite, arrived on the LCM scene around 11:00. Strikingly used as one of the first looks was a shirt, short combination coloured with pastels and black defining lines. This also included a bomber jacket to match. Blue animal print large pocketed knee length trousers were added along with shorts. Back to their roots SIBLING used extraordinarily large knitwear as a prominent feature in this season by creating netted knitwear tops in baby pink, white and light green. This accompanied with matching shorts and knee length trousers really paid homage to the brand’s best collections to date. Finally a “Jet Boy” bomber jacket with sassy pin up girl ended the show.
Although the show so far was going great, I felt really let down by Margaret Howell’s collection. Yes fashionistas you may smite me down for speaking these words, but I found the collection to be dull. Its line of slouchy, non fitted shirts with white collars consisting of a small amount of colours and shades really didn’t do it for me. The loose fit trousers and sun hats really didn’t tickle my fashion bone either. Her knitwear pieces consisting of black & cream fitted tops were quite nice, I suppose.
Christopher Kane erupted with 19 different looks. Shades such as grey, white and black were used predominantly throughout the start of the collection, with a digitally inspired face logo used on tees and pocketed jumpers. This collection consisted of key simple pieces, but with quirks to make the collection pop. And that it did, as he then went on to use block red, blue and yellow jumpers and bottoms. With the blocked pieces came their sister counterparts of digitally inspired waves, and prints used with the same three colours. Like I said, simple but different.
Finally we saw McQueen. Iconic and beautiful with a gothic edge. Demonstrating their wide knowledge of the perfect suit, McQueen used a print of black roses with stripes for one, and an intricate floral pattern for another. Silk, lace white shirts lay underneath nearly every ensemble along with a gorgeous knee length silk shirt buttoned to the waist. What stole the show for me was the lappelled white blazer with black embossed giant pockets. So identifiably McQueen.
All photo credits go to www.GQ-Magazine.co.uk.