London Collections: Men A/W 14-15 Round-Up
The first chapter of 2014’s catwalk schedule kicked off in style last week with UK menswear event London Collections: Men (LC:M) running from January 6-8.
It proved to be a stellar edition of the relatively new event, with LC:M chairman and editor of men’s magazine GQ Dylan Jones hailing it “the best season ever” in UK Vogue. Likewise, industry blog Business of Fashion stated that LC:M is “becoming a vital part of the menswear calendar”.
While it still has to compete with the big-name designers showing at Pitti Uomo in Florence, LC:M’s manageable schedule and easily located venues means the three-day London event is stepping up to the challenge.
Alexander Fury, fashion editor at British paper The Independent, debated the conundrum of fashion vs clothes at LC:M, championing Craig Green’s austere, Eastern-inspired collection and Jonathan Saunders’ savvy, commerce-led presentation in the process. Other highlights included Burberry, which remained faithful to its British roots. It looked to arts, crafts and heritage textiles for colour and materials inspiration, with an emphasis on scarves and shawls as the central accessories. The luxury brand also invited customers to shop the collection immediately after it showed on the runway as well as offering personalisation on selected pieces.
Androgyny remained a key trend on London’s menswear catwalks, with The Independent citing the rise of skirts for men as an important future trend worth noting. Scottish designer J.W. Anderson showed platform-soled shoes, ruffled trims and boxy handbags as part of his gender-challenging collection, while Alexander McQueen, Agi & Sam and Craig Green all showed skirts and tunics layered over trousers as a directional development for menswear.
We’ll be covering the A/W 14-15 menswear collections in their entirety in the upcoming weeks, and you can get a recap of the S/S 14 collections here. See also The Male Groom Boom for an update on the fast-developing male grooming sector.