Organisers of Britain’s second “men only” fashion week are hoping to turn London into a menswear capital that rivals the likes of Paris and Milan.
London Collections: MEN is staged over three days and features 60 top menswear designers, who are all unveiling their looks for next winter.
Lou Dalton kicked off the event on Monday at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. Taking inspiration from the 70s North Sea oil boom, featured clothing included flannel suits, boiled-wool sweaters and slim-cut tartan trousers. The collection utilised utilitarian silhouettes; fusing boiler suits in modern sportswear fabrics with traditional tailoring.
The tartan trousers coupled with thick, masculine footwear showed influences of 70s punk, while a pistachio green jumper coupled with a dinner suit showed Dalton’s classic tailoring skills.
Other designers that will feature this week include Alexander McQueen, Richard James, Tom Ford and Belstaff. High street designers will also be participating, with Topman unveiling their latest ‘Topman Design’ collection along with events hosted by Jonathan Saunders and Christopher Kane.
“Men’s fashion contributes almost £9 billion to the British economy” said supermodel David Gandy at the Harvey Nichols launch party Sunday night. While David Harewood, British star of the hit US series Homeland, praised the capital for its efforts, stating that there was “nowhere like London” when it came to men’s fashion.
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