Androgyny is one trend that we can’t seem to get enough of and everyone from Celine to Chloe redefined the sense of it for us. Just when we were carving our closets to make space, looks like the manly men will be borrowing from us sooner or later. London, the premier fashion capitals has just freshly wrapped up with their Men’s Collection displaying the finest brands and designer suitable to the menswear category. We saw a bountiful of everything, well almost! From florals to sheer and even colourblocking, there was a lot going on. Dear Men, look at what you could just be wearing....
With JW Anderson’s clothes on the catwalk we did expect something unexpected. However, halter-neck lace tops and harem-style pants just pushed our boundaries a little too further, we think. We saw a lot of prints- animal, psychedelic, matching, clashing, collage and florals on the runway. Designer Craig Green displayed head-toe psychedelic prints and his known trademark plywood sculptures. He matched it to the‘t’ with even the sandals bearing the unique print. The one big trend was wearing coats over kaftans and trousers either above ankle-length or just brushing the ankle. While Spencer Hart displayed a soulful collection with shades of grey, blue and the classic whites, blacks with layering that was more 80’s, Craig went all out with prints!
There was a good load of sheer as well with James Long playfully mixing sheer and sporty vibe with track pants. Clashing digital prints made neon and futuristic seemed unreal while Shaun Samson focussed on beachwear with sheer shirts in baby pink, grey, beige and nudes. Unbuttoned shirts worn with matched sheer three-fourths with some of them having silver-y patches for the added drama. Yes, three-fourths seemed to be making a comeback all over again this year as well along with the ankle-length socks. We should have guessed when we saw David Gandy in a pair of tan shoes and sky blue socks! Lou Dalton with her precision to detail included knitwear, blazers over casual shirts, buttoned shirts matched with Bermudas with peeking socks.
Jonathan Saunders had us on a colour blast, literally! Everything from clothing to accessories displayed had a burst of colour. Neons with inclusive pieces of his Saunders' signature dot-prints and the fading out of colours across pieces, and his neon yellow bomber and overcoat were smashing. Bombers were all over the catwalk too- Richard Nicoll, Christopher Raeburn, YMC showcased different bomber styles. What we loved? Sibling show’s rock-able denims, Agi & Sam’s coloured suits and Burberry’s polkadotted shirts with streamlined trousers. Chained bags, clutches, Ipad cases seem to be an extension of the pockets. Looks like men have their must-haves in these accessories too!
What we didn’t approve of? Crop tops, ‘dandy’ looks, cycling shorts and culottes we think didn’t seem to work for us. London is the birthplace of Wellington boots, Bondage trousers and brogues. It’s contemporary, state-of-the-art and fast-forward style. Are we ready to take it up? May be, not just yet! However, as style-wise experts say what manifests in London Collections: Men will soon be seen in women’s wear. Think Prada’s collection last year of which the women’s wear collection was construed. No matter what, style is constantly evolving and we are not complaining!