London Collections: Men

Admittedly, I've never really taken much of an interest in mens fashion. Perhaps this is because for a long time, womenswear has had a higher profile in the fashion industry, and London Fashion Week has been dominated by womenswear collections. 

Until now.   

Times are changing, and menswear is finally emerging from the shadow of womenswear; at extraordinary speed. So much so, that the British Fashion Council has deemed it necessary for menswear to have it's own fashion week, in London, for the first time this year. This is very exciting news; London's menswear shows will now be on the fashion calendar alongside those of Milan and Paris. This means that British menswear can finally showcase it's innovation and celebrate it's tradition on an international stage. And about time too! See the launch video below.

Men have become increasingly experimental with fashion these days; sporting more colour, print and pattern. It's refreshing to see stylish, well-dressed men, and with menswear sales gaining momentum around the world, prestigious department stores such as Selfridges and Harrods have recently (and wisely) invested unprecedented space in their menswear departments. High-end menswear is more accessible than ever before, and last year successful e-commerce site Net-a-Porter launched Mr Porter, a brother site specifically for menswear collections. 

London Collections: Men runs from 15th-17th June as a three-day festival of shows, parties, exhibitions, dinners and talks.  I wouldn't mind being there myself! Featured designers include the likes of Burberry, Christopher Shannon, Topman Design, Richard James, Tom Ford, E.Tautz, Christopher Kane, James Long, Oliver Spencer, Margaret Howell, and the exciting, upcoming talent of MAN and NEW GEN. I might be taking a greater interest in Men's fashion from now on...


Oliver Spencer

James Long

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