LFW: Prints for the Boys
The final day of London Fashion Week saw menswear take to the catwalks, with prints dominating the Spring/Summer 2012 collections. The Topman line took inspiration from the Morocco of the 1970s with intricate paisleys in rich, opulent colours reflecting North African souks. Prints were shown as top-to-toe looks with tailoring and bright, open knits breaking up the palette and silhouette. Sinuous fabrics created a nightwear feel, with prints reminiscent of 1970s gentleman’s dressing gowns and silk pyjamas.
Up-and-coming London designer James Long combined sheer paisleys and palm leaf prints with a metallic snake print, which also featured in his S/S 2012 womenswear line. The layering of prints and textures created a Miami gangster look, realised through 1970s-inspired separates including sheer shirts, buttoned-up cardigans and metallic leather trench coats.
Polka dots were another notable motif at LFW's Men's Day. Oliver Spencer's spotty prints added a sense of boyish charm to his heritage-inspired collection, while silver appliqued buttons created a spotty effect on black tailored shorts at Christopher Shannon. In combination with multi-coloured plaids, sportswear and tribal-inspired tassel detailing, the polka dot pieces injected a sense of fun into this urban, eclectic collection.
London Fashion Week concluded yesterday as Milan Fashion Week opened with collections from Gucci, Alberta Ferretti and No.21.