London Collections: Men
Last weekend saw the debut edition of the dedicated menswear event London Collections: Men. A host of London-based designers showcased their Spring/Summer 2013 collections over the three-day schedule in London.
Stylus’ highlights include the youthful, and extremely wearable YMC, which looked to vintage Hawaiian surfwear and laidback 1960s and 1970s silhouettes; and the relaxed retro tailoring seen at Oliver Spencer.
The Man catwalk show – a platform produced by London-based non-profit organisation Fashion East to showcase emerging designers – always provides an interesting insight into future talent. J.W Anderson, James Long and Christopher Shannon, all of whom now have standalone shows, are among the Man show alumni. This season saw Astrid Andersen, design duo Agi&Sam and Shaun Samson taking to the runway, with Samson’s grungy sportswear proving a particularly impressive collection. Sequined basketball shorts paired with oversized, 1990s-inspired sweat tops and check shirts demonstrated Samson’s interest in street and youth culture.
Jonathan Saunders showed his signature masterful use of colour in his latest menswear collection, with zigzag-printed tailoring, knitwear and trench coats making for a retro aesthetic reminiscent of the 1960s Mod scene.
Look out for Stylus’ complete coverage of London Collections: Men, coming soon.