With all the horrific violence going on in the world, the way to distract myself for a bit is fashion. It is time for designers to put out their best for Men’s Spring/Summer 2017. With the ever debatable fashion calendar, many used the change to their advantage, London was up first for their annual London Collections: Men runway shows.
The only disappointment that comes with change is that many online reputable resources weren’t able to cover a lot the designers who are regulars to London stage and some took for ever to upload images and reviews about the collection, while others were simply left out. Social media played a key role this time, each designer/brand went on high mode to get the word out on their new collections with images, engagement and behind the scene access.
I usually review each fashion week daily, for work purposes, I will do what is my top 5 collections for LCM: SS17
Grace Wales Bonner, a new comer, an alum to incubators like Fashion East and MAN. I’ve blogged about her Fall 2016 collection and on Instagram. Grace is really focusing on black sexuality, masculinity and culture experience. The gender fluidity seems to be the trend for many designers but for Grace it just enhances her designs. Her African roots are evident with her textiles choices and cuts, which makes your eyes wonder at each look. Grace is definitely talented and someone to keep on your radar.
Coach 1941 has been presenting on LCM for a few seasons now but this season seemed to be bigger than ever. Sturt Vevers going for an American nostalgia 50s look, gets updated with amazing separates than concentrating on head to toe looks. The jackets are some of the best I’ve seen this season and from Coach, which can stand up to a Burberry. The feel gives you that teenage rebellious, Don’t Fuck With Me Attitude. I thought it was one the best. Those studded brogues and bags are a must have for the season.
Craig Green is a favorite, it’s like Christmas morning each season. His use of textiles is astonishing turning some thing that looks odd and quirky is all of a sudden something new and fresh. Romanticism was the base of this collection. The sense of belonging was evident thanks to the Scout scarf, that played well with coats and jackets that seem quilt like. The other pieces that look slashed and tied or loose at the hems played with proportions. This was the most truest and a different change for Craig, he’s one of the best.
Patrick Grant is all about fitted and tailored clothes. So it was a surprise that this season the E.Tautz man is relaxed and at ease and with that simple change, the tailoring changes as well. Shorts were high wasted (looks fashionable by the way), jackets and coats have an 80s boxy feel to them yet still have you looking sharp. Nonetheless, this collection was a hit!!
Sustainability is something that interests me as a fashion lover. I think it is one part fashion that will help push fashion forward. Emma Watson seems to think so, with her latest ensemble to the Met Gala, this past May. The one pushing the envelope for menswear and sustainability is Christopher Raeburn and his latest collection was simply that with a mixture of space travel. Shorts in Tyvek, jackets with velcro webbing with big pouches as pockets made from Nomex, and cosmic prints on women dress, sweaters and shorts.
Look at my Instagram for my complete coverage of LCM: SS17