Street style from the final day of LFW S/S15.
Tag : spring
For his Spring 2013 collection Henrik Vibskov gave us an intense mix of visually stimulating pieces. Hitting on almost every major trend from color blocking to layered prints to cutouts and gradients, the show was an exercise in controlled ADHD. High impact combinations of graphic sweaters and pants and shorts with polka dot cutouts and masai motifs segued into more demure looks such as classic white shirts and simple jumpsuits.
The range of the collection was obviously eclectic but somehow managed to work in harmony with each other as the wackiness of a black and pink ensemble, made up primarily of hole,s made some of the more conservative looks with just a single over the top statement piece a lot more digestible. The amalgamation of colors like cobalt, red, white, black, hot pink and bright orange played off each other quite nicely. This collection was all about fun basics and a juxtaposition of trends. Normally a theme like this wouldn’t work but somehow this time it came out highly appealing and not at all gimmicky.
For Summer 2013, Missoni evoked dreams of far off vacations to distant lands by sending tousled models strolling down a coloured sandy runway, parading the ultimate summer wardrobe for the stylish nomad. Like a sunrise over the desert, the colours began with a sandy beige, taupe and khaki before bursting out into scarlet, saffron yellow and jade green. The use of intricate stitching and fabrics made each item feel like a treasure found during travels to distant lands.
The particular vacation Missoni seemed to have in mind was a safari adventure, with safari suits, desert boots and loose layers at the centre of the collection. The vintage leather jacket looks set to become a key piece next year. Missoni’s statement weave could be found on items such as bomber jackets and trainers.
The ultimate vacation wardrobe, this collection highlighted Missoni’s turn toward outerwear and encompassed smart layering; bomber and field jackets, and cardigans over zippers, printed knitted t-shirts; mixing multiple fabrics, designs and cultures in single outfits – with this collection the combinations seem as vast and endless as a desert horizon.
There was, of course, the inclusion of Missoni’s classic knitwear, in a range of interesting weaves that could be worn as single dateless classics, or combined for a fresh look. Layered over casual Bermuda shorts and ankle grazing loose trousers, for a stylish yet carefree summer vibe, these elegant patterns also came in statement knitted shorts and trousers for the more daring fashion adventurer.
Perhaps some of the bulkier outerwear will be favoured in cooler months but without a doubt, Missoni is providing the ultimate wardrobe for the modern traveler – crossing from Spring to Autumn in 2013 in style.
Showing on an outside runway, at the grand Palazzo del Senato, was a bold move, but the Milanese rain held off and Neil Barrett magically balanced couture inspired silhouettes, casual luxe, masculine tailoring and fluidity. Put this all together in hands as capable as Barrett’s and what you get is a bold yet relaxed collection that epitomises effortless luxe.
As shown previously in his Fall 2012 collection, Barrett’s greatest skill lies in the attention he pays to the fabric and cut. With this collection Barrett has played with form and silhouette, creating cocoon shapes and oversized couture volumes, deconstructing recognisable elements such as denim jackets and baseball shirts. These were contrasted with skinnier and more fluid versions of the garments. This juxtoposition of shape and fabric resulted in a collection balancing a smart meets relaxed finesse.
A strand of sportiness shows up strong with padded varsity jackets, neoprene sweatshirts and long basketball shorts. For the less sporty, the inclusion of pyjama-esque regatta print on rayon shorts and baseball shirts and sophisticated paint splatter stripes on sexy silk suits add some sleek sophistication.
Clean cuts in traditional hues – predominantly blue, brown, white and red – are complimented by more dramatic and spontaneous metallics, accessorised with rucksacks and baseball caps, whilst elongated lapels on tuxedo jackets add a spot of evening drama. The overall style is consistently elegant, but with modern touches, ensuring that this collection has something for every man; smart or casual, young or old, sporty or leisurely, youthfully mature or young dandy.
Raf Simon’s Fall 2012 collection for Jil Sander – the brand – allowed us to see the Wall Street man’s inner child. Jil Sander herself seemed to find inspiration in Simons, who kept a label full of restriction continuously liberating itself, and managed to put together a collection worthy of being one of the season’s tops. Whether or not this Spring collection was inspired by Raf’s last bits leading the label, the youthfulness and not so serious man definitely served as inspiration for the designer who founded the brand and is on her second “comeback” after years of hiatus, spent mostly at japanese mega-brand Uniqlo.
For her return as creative director, Jil Sander reinvented and reintroduced the staples to the new Jil Sander man/young-man. Suiting only showed range in color like in dusty white with soft khaki. The “young Wall Street navy” and mini dot pattern also was introduced. The high hems broke suiting out of it’s serious state. Side note: If you haven’t purchased a white dress shirt there are only two places for this : Sander or Klein. The graphic tees looked as expensive as the suiting it was paired with. That deserves a bravo, since Raf Simons is one of the other designers who can accomplish the same. He also has the skill to send down the runway the best cobalt blue. If baggy shorts, multiple color usage, and forward-thinking male accessories are all things Jil Sander will be detaching slowly from the brand, then let’s hope she doesn’t keep the label from reaching redundancy.
Yes! Raf Simons took the label to a different light. But he made those progressions from Sander’s original idea.
By rights, the afternoon of the third day of London Collections: Men should have seen a gradual winding down – the inevitable consequence of three days of overload and newness, piling high on the brain. But Sunday was a day of first (and, in some cases, second) comings; of Richard Nicoll’s menswear debut, of Meadham Kirchhoff’s return to the fold after a six-year break from menswear design, and of Aitor Throup’s tantalisingly intimate presentation (more a preview of coming attractions than an actual showcase) at the St Martins Lane Hotel.
Throup’s career is a measure of the absolute divergence between a designer’s presence on the runways, and their impact on a city’s fashion identity. He’s shown only once before (in London) – an eerie, suspended room of wire-mannequin trumpeters in densely articulated trousers which provided one of the highlights of the first ever Menswear day back in 2009. And where the rest of that day’s names – Katie Eary, J.W. Anderson, James Long, bStore, Martine Rose – have tracked a path which has built up, season on season, show on show, into a recognisable identity, Throup seems to inhabit a completely different world.
It’s a route helped in no small part by his collaborations with Umbro and Stone Island, which have allowed him to apply his intense, spectacularly anatomical discipline to performance sportswear; and his conspicuous, patience-straining absence – broken by occasional international showcases and short-run bursts of mainline production – have only whetted the market’s appetite for more.
It’s not hard to see why – it’s the same combination of obstinate meticulousness and vivid imagination that’s kept both Azzedine Alaia and Hussein Chalayan on the radar despite their prolonged absences from the seasonal calendar, instilling audiences with ravening hunger. And Throup’s work, in particular, has always been tantalising – those dynamic, scrunched-up illustrations of figures in frozen motion which dominate his website have long been his sole representation in the real world.
So the St. Martins Lane show was significant, less for what it actually contained than for the promise it insinuated – that Throup was finally readying for the launch of a commercial range for SS13. And whilst it was more of the same (those exquisitely detailed stop-motion trousers and coats, those lines of skulls, those again-suspended wire ghosts) it was a fascinating summation of an aesthetic which has already seeped deep into popular culture. Hooligans, gods, horsemen, heroes and victims; these are the archetypes who’ve suffused the designer’s voyage through the psyche of modern menswear, evolving an armour which – instead of concealing and formalising an idealised, impervious strength – instead hunched and sheltered and warped around the body’s own deformities and oddities. The sole representative of next season’s actual collection (a range of 22 individual pieces) was a skull bag, which – strapped onto the body – got straight to the core of Throup’s uniqueness. Where the rest of menswear is streamlining and simplifying, playing with surfaces to conjure up identity, his strange-fruit protuberances come dangerously close to embodying the kind of internal, anguished masculinity which no amount of print, or colour, or structure can disguise.
Raeburn scored another home run this week with his clever, sporty, outerwear style. From parkas, ponchos and baseball jackets in smart techno sports fabrics to quilted puffas and leather options the collection was both fun and inventive. Panelled cuts allowed for great shaping and the use of block colours and trim detailing in contrast tones that highlighted the panel cuts. Multiple functional pockets, zip fronts and ribbed waists also showed off Raeburn’s flare for functional fashion, he does not simply decorate his clothing he solves problems and innovates through fashion. Aside from outerwear there were great separates including tailored shorts, relaxed leg jeans, tees and rugby tops. Another strong and creative collection.
Meadham Kirchhoff brought their hippy hobo styling to LCM today with a layered, texture rich collection full of print and colour. The presentation setting, a ‘squat style’ flat full of make shift beds, pizza boxes and well loved arm chairs. The models wore gentlemanly striped shorts and chinos teamed with long line floral shirts over polo necks and clashing printed tees worn over one another. A chiffon like dress worn over slim jeans in shades of blue and gold was one of the more extravagant pieces. High tops in highlighter tones of blue, yellow and pink sealed off the look that often included shell suit style tracksuit bottoms. An eclectic collection that relied on styling to add a more avant garde element, however when stripped back to key separates there were several wearable and commercial pieces.
It was back to basics at Margaret Howell. Pants were basic slacks, either rolled up or ankle length, shorts were cut off right at the knee and kept wide. Shirts were clean cut, short sleeved v-necks, long sleeve knit, or crisp short sleeve button downs. Margaret’s colour scheme featured army green, khaki, and many shades of navy. This was definitely a “man’s” collection – catering to the men who like to shop maybe at most twice a year; purchasing great quality trousers, basic shirts, and a few jackets to mix and match throughout the season. While Margaret’s collection isn’t groundbreaking or reinventing the wheel she certainly has remained quite consistent with her offerings and keeps her customer coming back for more.
“Flatforms”- a shoe with a flat platform base. In the case of Pringle of Scotland, this shoe is a classic gentlemen’s brogue, a more masculine version of a flatform compared to this past women’s spring/summer season.
Flatforms accompanied every outfit on Pringle’s runway this season paired with argyle printed socks, a mainstay for the label.
The collection was mostly round neck tops, poplin shorts, and slim fitting horizontally stripped shirts in 2 or more colours. Bright orange& navy blue camouflage pullover sweaters, formal trousers that were colour blocked by juxtaposing the base colour with only one other colour.
Compared to their previous spring collection, spring carried the same formal sort of feel. With something for everyone this collection embraces some of the iconic Pringle of Scotland pieces like the argyle sweater while introducing new trends like flatforms showing their versatility.
The LCM shows saw fashion favourite, Richard Nicoll dip his toe into menswear and what a well rounded and cohesive collection it was. A muted palette of white, nude and blue hues, accented by a colour pop of yellow Nicoll’s collection reflected his womenswear in its calming cuts and and soft, wearable pieces. The vibe was definitely relaxed, sporty separates with leather baseball jackets, rolled hem trousers, short sleeved shirts and leather ponchos some of the key shapes. The collection print focussed on squares with adorned both tee’s and fine knitwear in different sizes. Brocade trousers and shorts in ice blue and creamy gold tones were a particular favourite and added some rich detailing and fabric experimentation. A beautifully crafted first collection proving it was the right time for Nicoll to add a menswear line.
There’s not quite more of a literal way to celebrate the arrival of spring/summer than opening the show with a shirtless look, which is exactly what Nicole Farhi did. Stripping free of the layers from their fall collection Mosimo Nicosia and Nicol Farhi kept things light and airy but with the right amount of structure. The bases of their color palette was subtle focusing more on the use of whites,shades of nudes and gray and adding in periwinkle, cobalt and magenta looks as their pops of color. Although the show may have started off bare chested it featured many different knits,blazers and overcoats in a variation of cuts and shapes. Their full printed looks were simplistic and reminiscent of pajama like silhouettes, while their suiting had an iridescent sheen keeping things polished yet relaxed.
Matthew Miller provided a collection that’s clean, sharp and to the point, and that point was subversive and very stylish. According to the show notes, Miller wanted to examine “the human in the context of his environment”, and this simple and stylish collection really evoked the tough, symetrical sillhouettes and stark light found in urban landscapes. Slim cut tailored suits covered in CCTV images of urban biuldings and his trademark digital prints packed a punch in a clean collection with a concise neutral monochrome pallete.
Miller sent out messy haired model’s oozing with an air of young, fresh, disaffected cool. His love and respect for the history of men’s tailoring’s evident and these clean, sharp cuts feel like just the ticket for spring styling. Miller added a youthful character with slim-fitting tailored shorts that finished at mid-thigh and trousers that were narrow and stop firmly at the ankle, accompanied by jackets minus sleeves and laser cutout words on shirts and suits. Miller injected a final young and fresh stamp with details such as ombre leopard print derby shoes, cut out letters and unusual materials such incorporated glass, insulation material, and aluminium incorporated into his fabrics. The striking tailoring coupled with some intriguing details resulted in a very covetable collection.
Miller’s proven that simple doesn’t mean boring. This collection’s fresh and modern; demonstrating that overall good design can speak more than a thousand words.
A refreshing contrast to last season, Topman Design Spring 2013 presented us with a fun, wearable collection filled with vibrancy and colour. Gordon Richardson’s inspirations were a combination of the cultural divide in early 80’s America – West Coast skater/surfer boy vs. East coast tailored man-about-town. Stemming from the American graffiti artist Jean- Michel Basquiat, Richardson wanted to create a collection that flaunted youth and rebellion, with a tailored twist.
The show opened with fine, pastel grey, tailoring teamed with thoughtful bursts of bright prints, moving into florescent basketball tops, floral prints combined with a powerful cut out brogue. Lazer cut jackets and neon knits were worked in with sheer organza and oversized tees, whilst light macs and parachute parkas were teamed with fluro graphic shortsCycle shorts peaked through tailored shorts and were worn with black socks, styled with colourful beanies, oversized backpacks and skateboards. . FIASCO specifically noted down the tailored grey boiler suit, a daringly wearable look which, fingers crossed, could be a potential essential for next summer.
Boasting an impressive front row of Ronnie Wood, Alexa Chung, David Gandy, Reggie Yates and Sam Sparro, Topman Design has yet again put high street menswear on a whole new, incredibly exciting level.
In London today, Martine Rose’s latest collection was packed full of Rather Wrong, with a fair bit of Very Wrong thrown in for good measure. Bleached denim, boiler suits, cycling shorts, stocking masks, lushly sleek patent snakeskin, high-waisted trousers and clumpy sandals: piece by piece, it felt like a greatest hits roll-call of what not to wear. But together, incredibly, they worked: a bracing, shifting set of skins that folded and overlapped each other, pitting contoured neoprene against printed silks, and undercutting the dishevelled denim surfaces with second-skin cuts of cobalt and orange.
The inspiration tracked back to a random encounter with a Bernini sculpture, and to the dynamic, spectacularly volatile aesthetics of the Baroque; a world of gravity-defying marble-winged angels and monsters, which triggered a densely-layered exploration of surface and substance – of materials defying their own nature and become something utterly transformed. And there was that same sense of wrestle between the two-dimensional world of image and the three-dimensional world of real encounter that made Rei Kawakubo’s last womenswear show so powerfully resonant. And in and around that, the smaller details (graphic tags, retro tees hanging off the backs of shirts, and worlds-apart garments tucked into each other) fleshed the picture out with the designer’s ever-present sense of what and how men really wear clothes.
Rose is one of a slew of young names – alongside J.W. Anderson, James Long, Christopher Shannon, Katie Eary and Lou Dalton – whose burgeoning careers have followed the same trajectory as London’s menswear showcase itself. Back in 2009, when the event launched, her shirt collection came as a vibrantly balanced dialogue of opposites: surreally random circles of quilting, or Aertex, or silver foil fused into soberly-cut fabrics. Three years on, that simple collision of streetwear and sartorialism has blasted into a whole other, far more complicated yet still fantastically clear, dimension.
This season James Long, presented a collection of navy, black, and white. Shorts were long and often in gingham, leather and pleated. Sweaters were a abstract take on Mr Cosby sweaters, featuring lines darting this way and that reminding me of a Bauhaus era Kandinsky piece, in Navy black and white, often on the front or isolated on sleeves. White button downs were featured in both long sleeve and short sleeve styles, with simple line designs like a abstracted draft for a building or art piece. Also featured were sleeveless gingham tops, a gingham draped cardigan and sporty hybrid gingham and leather vests and jackets. Whilst there wasn’t alot of colour this season from James Long, what he lacked in colour he made up for in design, and cut.
There was a noticeable shift between the first and second days of the London Collections shows. Day 1 was a gentle overture, with refined, classic tailoring undermined with subtle provocation and jarring dislocations; but Day 2 (kick-started with Sibling’s visceral, high-volume knits and armoured surfaces) was a no-holds-barred jolt into the future.
It’s fascinating to see how much the city’s menswear scene has fractured in the space of a few short seasons; seven years after Fashion East first launched its’ MAN group show, its’ latest crop of designers presented three very distinct aesthetics – but shared a common ground of searingly contemporary youthfulness that stood in stark contrast to the silhouettes and sensibilities of the initiative’s early shows. Back then, challenging sartorial traditions and evolving new strains of menswear out of the embers of the past were the dominant forces, driving towards a new definition of British masculinity which has now grown comfortably familiar; but the next generation are aiming for a very different territory.
It helped that two of the three are foreigners: California native Shaun Samson, and the Danish Astrid Andersen. It made for a freer sensibility (or, perhaps, just a different set of preoccupations). And it also helped that this is the trio’s second time showing together: it seemed as though, by osmosis, fragments of language and surface had filtered between each collection, stamping them with a common identity of loose layers and gently vivid colour. Andersen built on her full-throttle, locker-room debut with an at-times-startlingly delicate assembly of sheers and lace and flocked wools, twisting archetypal performancewear shapes and details into something that felt far more subversively luxurious, whilst Samson replaced his show-stopping blanket-wool fusions with a quiet, almost monochrome sequence of flat-cut planes and gently fluid shapes. And sandwiched in between, Agi & Sam’s charmingly eccentric tailoring – which should by rights have been the most wittily conventional – managed to skate far closer to the edge than previously, with an eclectic mix of models in tapestried patterns and broken planes acknowledging the often uncomfortable relationship between youth and maturity.
There was still plenty of clear space between each collection’s intentions, from melancholy grunge-inflected androgyny to athletic intensity to disturbing father figures. But as a group force they shared a powerful sense of possibility; in the best possible way, it would be amazing to think that – another few seasons down the line – this, too, could be another wave of designers’ definition of normal.
Katie Eary has become a somewhat unlikely hero of modern menswear. A firm personal favourite, I remember borrowing pieces from Katie from her MA collection and have enjoyed watching her progress season on season, it is design talent like Eary that London Collections is clearly made for.
This was definitely Katie’s most commercially led collection yet, strip away the styling and you have a solid collection of printed sweaters, trousers, shorts and asymmetrically buttoned shirts. The styling like at Topman was geared towards skaters as models carried their boards and were styled with long slim line trousers layered under shorts. The digital prints seemed to lead on from the trend for mirror printing but also used an almost tie dye like effect as a base. White pvc trousers and shorts were also joined by trousers with an almost reptile skin like effect.
The palette of bronze, gold, orange, brown and blue hues was bold and while it seemed all these tones should fight with one another, they definitely worked cohesively.
There was almost an element of urban chic to the collection and the fact that Eary has been working with Kanye West definitely showed here, I could see Kanye in any number of the pieces shown today.
Katie Eary has for several seasons mixed women’s wear into her collections and today female models wore printed bikini’s with leather biker jackets or gold sequined swimsuits slashed to the navel.
A bold and refreshing collection adding variety to the London Collections.