Trend Report: London Collections: Men SS13

Last season London Collections: Menswear showcased London as one of the most thrilling cities in the world. This season confirmed it. AW13 boasted everything from supreme tailoring to gender-bending and abstract styling.

   

The AW13 collections showcased the English dandy at its best: “Esteemed for his butterfly exuberance yet disparaged for his proudly borne shallowness.” Formal looks were balanced against other shows that displayed sportswear and street-wear, with the defining element of each show being the coat. From well-know design houses to upcoming talent, LC:M produced a collection of classic looks that questioned the boundaries of tradition.

   

Suiting will always be shown. It is fashionable, as it is functional and necessary. Oliver Spencer, the brand known for dressing real men, dressed real men, in the form of Dan Rookwood (Style Director of Men’s Health) and Presenter come comedian come columnist Rick Edwards. E.Tautz and Hardy Aimes highlighted their collections with checks. Heavy Scottish and highland influences added a quirky edge to jackets, three-pieces and knitwear. Hackett London closed LC:M with their incredible venue at St Paul’s Cathedral. Dinner suits were sent down the runway jazzed up with velvet trousers, brocade waistcoats and layers of tartan.

   

The young designers were out in full force. With the hotly anticipated Craig Green showing boxy shapes and excellent knitwear in a palette of creams, blacks and navy; he was deemed the one to watch this year. Other strong collections included Katie Eary with her beautiful Kaleidoscope collection and equally fierce soundtrack to match. Agi & Sam showed strong colours, contrasting materials, sharp tailoring, diverse casting, (a bloodhound) and the surprise trend of the season – galoshes!

   

The tabloids went crazy with confusion over the various collections (mainly JW Anderson showing his male models in dresses and Craig Greens Fence-heads) but Men’s Fashion week proved to be a true meeting of talent.

Samira Ibrahim (Fashion Editor)

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