This week all eyes were once again on London. The Queen’s Jubilee is over and the Olympics are just around the corner, but this past weekend men’s fashion took centre stage as we hosted the very first London Collections: MEN – signaling a new and bright future for menswear. The best in men’s design talent lined up to showcase their spring/summer 2013 collections, and one of my personal favourites came from Lee Roach.
Roach cut his teeth working for Meadham Kirchoff and his debut spring/summer 2011 collection was one of the featured works in Selfridges’ ‘Bright Young Things’ project. His latest collection is polished and classic and will hopefully bring the designer to the forefront of London menswear.
Roach’s spring/summer 2013 show was a minimalist’s dream, complete with slick lines and dominant monochromatic colour palette. Classic tailoring is given a modern twist by playing with cut and fabric – this time coming in the form of sleeveless blazers in black and ivory, or elongated and elegant cuts.
Pieces are further updated through the utilisation of leathers and silver lame’s, as well as more traditional materials, creating interesting juxtapositions. A clean black tank top with matching suit trousers is genius whilst all-white clean cut suiting teamed with black Nike sandals brings the look to 2012 London without making obvious references.
With lots of London designers showing bright, print-heavy collections, Roach’s offering is set apart and would not look out of place on the Paris runways. He is definitely one to watch.