London Men’s fashion week was held from the 6th of January to the 8th, showcasing designers collection for A/W 2018/2019.
Vivienne Westwood’s show was not a show at all, instead a video was created displaying her latest collection. The video had themes of war, as models spoke of being a part of her ‘army’. Westwood’s clothing is always adventurous, and this year is no different. Following her theme of war, the clothes were often green. There was lots of tartan, oversized suits, colourful prints and artistic makeup.
Trousers seemed to be the item of choice for many designers this fashion week. This item of clothing, in terms of men’s fashion, tends to be subdued and plain. This year we saw a switch from the focus being on the jumpers/t-shirts to the bottoms. Striped tracksuit bottoms, which have been a key trend in women’s fashion, has now moved to mens. This change was evident at shows such as Oliver Spencer and Astrid Anderson.
Another style item seen was the cowboy hat. The hat was teamed with sportswear ensembles (tracksuits) and oversized coats at Astrid Andersen. Luxury sportswear is still leading the way for mens fashion.
Recent fashion weeks and showcases have been focused on gender fluid clothing, showing that the fashion world has changed course. Many of the shows this week embodied quite traditionally “masculine” styles. These were evident at the shows of; Tonsure, Edward Crutchley, and John Lawrence Sullivan. Although, Oliver Spencer sent female models down the runway in “mens fashion” with heels. Models featured in Spencers show included Daisy Lowe, Catherine Hayward and Jade Parfitt.
Anticipation for the brand “What We Wear”’ was immense, as singer Tinie Tempah designed the latest show. The runway show was filled with elegant and tailored sportswear in muted colours. Tempah stated that;
‘Sportswear is always going to be in my DNA’.
Famous faces spotted attending events at London Men’s Fashion Week include; Rita Ora, Liam Payne, Idris Elba and Jim Chapman.