No longer do menswear designers get one day to showcase their work at London Fashion Week, a whole weekend has been dedicated to the cause. London Collections: MEN was held this weekend as a way of showing the development and talent of British men’s brands. I certainly agree that the exploration of men’s fashion should be encouraged and celebrated with a more established and lavish event.
Menswear designer Oliver Spencer launched his spring/summer 2013 collection at the event this weekend. Held in an old sorting office with predominantly grey walls, the environment was used as a clever blank canvas to emphasise the mix of yellow, green, orange and blue within his collection.
The use of block colouring against more neutral tones was inspired by the work of British abstract painter Ben Nicholson. The outburst of colour is limited to a few items within each outfit, and purposefully teamed with subtle shades to create a balance within the collection. For example, one of our favourite looks came in the form of bright blue trousers and a red shirt styled together with a light brown tweed waistcoat and suit jacket.
His daywear collection consists of smart tailored pieces, which sit next to trousers with turn ups or a simple basic tee to create a more casual and contemporary look. His use of timeless pieces with casual items makes the collection much more versatile. Garments can be matched in many different ways to create new looks – whether the outfit is for a formal occasion or a more relaxed day trip. Mature models appeared on the catwalk to illustrate that various age groups can wear new designs, adding to the versatility of Oliver Spencer’s brand.
Overall, Oliver Spencer succeeds in presenting a contemporary collection with a key traditional element. He aims to appeal to a vast audience by not discriminating against age or designing for a specific occasion. This is one collection that oozes intelligence and talent.