Being my first time attending London Fashion Week Men’s not only was I looking forward to seeing the autumn/winter 2018 collections, but also intrigued as to what this rapidly-growing section of the fashion industry had to offer. Through the years there has been a major advance in men’s clothing and I’ve watched designers adapt to the current demand of consumers wanting more selection and choice.
Kicking off LFWM was the John Lawrence Sullivan Show, whose collection by boxer-turned-designer Arashi Yanagawa drew inspiration from sinister influences. The use of denim and vibrant prints brought depth and created a creative blend that displayed well with the traditional tailoring of the garments. The use of accessories was genius, from the cowboy boots to statement bags. At the Tonsure presentation there was a more minimalistic approach to things with clean fabrics and subtle textures. This was combined with projections from 1980’s New York, which created an atmosphere backdrop for the collection. Liam Hodges didn’t hold back in breaking boundaries with his collection that celebrated the early 1990’s rave culture, grunge and youthful freedom, experimenting with cartoon graphics and patchwork suiting. This season was also his second collaboration with FILA, and the partnership of Liam’s unique pieces with a variety of trainers and sneakers boots proved to be a success. The identity of unification was key at the Qasimi show, which told a story through checked patterns and a diverse colour palette. The checks that were featured played a pivotal part in the collection, taking influences from countries including China, India, Africa and Canada. In turbulent political times, it’s reassuring to see designers sending out a positive message of unity. Kintwear, cropped jackets and oversized coats were also explored which embraced masculinity with the structured silhouettes. After getting a glimpse of both the established and emerging talent, I can safely say that the future of menswear has never been more exciting.