Many are still nursing their New Year's hangover but the fashion world wastes no time getting back into the swing of things. London Fashion Week continues to be an impressive stop on the fashion calendar and this year the men's shows proved why. From previously being overshadowed by Milan and New York, London has emerged as perhaps a more interesting hotbed than both of those cities with a focus on homegrown designers and talent from Asia. The A/W 2017 shows just wrapped and we present some of our favorite looks.
Since launching his namesake label in 2012, London-born designer Craig Green has become a welcome fixture on the the city's fashion week event. Blending elements of utility, uniform and occult, Green's unique vision is exemplified through monochromatic looks that are seemingly ready for the end of days, or just a stroll through Leytonstone.
It always seems too obvious including KTZ in our roundup but at the same time, how can you not? Since 2003, few labels have had the success of mixing street culture with high fashion and Marjan Pejoski's creations continue to thrive. This year was no different as we saw contemporary urban edge meet multi-ethnic heritage. The huge seams kind of look like baseballs and exaggerated layers give many of the clothes an armor-like feel. The greyish green hue also looks great with black details. See more here.
Based in Seoul and Paris, Songzio is a contemporary menswear brand founded back in 1993. Since then, the label has earned international acclaim for its razor sharp black suits and global influences. This season, we were instantly attracted to the sophisticated pitch black wool and fur but also to the seemingly Southern American inspired ensembles. Maybe it's the string bowties with short, raised collars but the looks are deep south meets Paris streets.
Westwood needs no introduction and the 75-year old designer is still a headliner in her hometown. Closing out fashion week, Westwood introduced both men's and women's looks that are eclectic, ethnic and infuse a healthy dose of fairtytale. The deconstructed patchwork outfits mingled nicely with the middle east inspired women's wear all while maintaining her signature rebellious aesthetic.
MAN is the joint initiative between Topman and Fashion East (the non-profit organisation established by Lulu Kennedy MBE and the Old Truman Brewery in 2000). MAN spearheaded London Fashion Week’s menswear schedule in 2005 and proudly champions emerging menswear talent. Notable alumni of the program include JW Anderson and Christopher Shannon. This year, the panel selected Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, Feng Chen Wang and Per Götessen. The offerings ranged from slouchy, oversized outerwear to fantastical historical looks. This is always a show to watch because you're sure to see some of these names again. Read and see more here.