London Collections Men is growing stronger and bigger each season and I just couldn’t not write about the brit designers who contributed in developing such a big event such as London Fashion Week entirely for menswear; Best of British includes some of the biggest english names such as Hackett London, Alexander Mcqueen, Burberry Prorsum and Nicole Farhi – well okay I added some american flavour in it as well….ahem Rag&Bone –
So let’s start off with my favourite collection from Day 2: Alexander Mcqueen – Creative Director Sarah Burton goes back to the core of Mcqueen and shows us a wonderful collection full of skulls motifs, small print details and laces.
Mrs Burton manages to evoke a sense of dark and edgy vibe that can be found only in the Victorian era, mixing double-breasted coats and tailoring. A splash of vibrant roses is visible on a few of the main pieces to give the collection a more Spring/Summer feel. It kind of all reminds me a bit of a very glam and dramatic version of Jack The Ripper, the location definitely did it for me.
Hackett London gets fancier with its Cricket-inspired collection: The brit-brand who fully supports the english heritage shows us a collection that just fits the typical brit and dandy gent. The colour palette is very neutral revolving around creamy colours such as light grey and beige also we get to enjoy 50 shades of blue – a transition from ice to navy and indigo -.
Tailoring is once again the main focus of the brand: Stripy blazers, double breasted one-tone and tartan checks are only a few of the Hackett London possibilities. I’ve heard very great comments about the show as being very dramatic and providing a live-orchestra! Hackett certainly knows how to treat their guests!!
Rag&Bone moves to London and parts from its home-town NYC, I know I am meant to talk about the best of Brits but how can I forget about R&B? Taking an oriental-japanese turn, the use of high-tech and innovative materials makes the brand stand out from the overflowing offers and takes on tailoring.
Bomber jackets, Cargo Trousers and Shorts are the key essentials for the S/S14 Rag&Bone design, It is good to see something less formal and more sporty!
Nicole Farhi and Margaret Howell offer a clean-cut collection, nothing too over the top, something classy that you can wear from season to season without worrying about looking too outdated. Simplicity is in Howell’s signature design, and that’s where true beauty lies. Relaxed loose silhouettes mix perfectly with the clean and neutral colour palette.
Nicole Farhi follows the same concept of simplicity and elegance. The key pieces of her collection are the ample selection of smart blazers, crew-neck sweaters and lightweight outwear. The prints were also very remarkable, offering a very appealing visual effect for the eye.
We all know how the brits do it better, and it’s becoming a very undeniable fact. Let’s all hope for LCM to develop even more, bring back some of the brit designers such as Vivienne Westwood – C’mon Burberry Prorsum is back home – and add a day in the schedule for the next January 2014 calendar!