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London Collections: Men SS15

16-06-2014   


Spanning over a three-day period, our capital is playing homage to the London Collections: Men, which showcases the very best of British fashion talent dedicated to menswear.

With the estimation that the men’s fashion market will grow by 27% between 2013 and 2018 to reach £16.4 billion, these new figures indicate that London is indisputably the home of men’s fashion, where escalating numbers of businesses and jobs are supported.

With the visionary designers dominating our catwalks combined with our unrivalled heritage, it’s a true testament that the menswear industry represents continuing growth, creativity and is a mighty powerhouse that surrounds the UK economy. The platform for SS15 menswear is exploding with innovative styles…

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Topman

It was a quote said by Gordon Richardson, Topman’s design director that encapsulated the Spring/Summer 15’ collection impeccably, “doing a whole lot.” The deliberate attempt of appearing as though every style, print and colour was combined into the latest collection showcased a miscellaneous assortment of weird and wonderful looks.

With an idiosyncratic showdown featuring Jimi Hendrix’s shorty kimono, oversized hairy paraka’s, tailored lean pinstriped suits, flared denim roadie trousers, tiny floral prints and girly blouses, it was without doubt a collection impossible to categorize. As well as the humorous, seventies-esque loud and proud yellow daisy print seen on jackets, shirts and trousers, summery pastels made a appearance towards the end of the show in the form of smart suits and feminine looking kimonos. 

The recipient of last weeks first BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund, Christopher Shannon showcased a brash, exaggerated, somewhat sexy take on the sportiest of sportswear for his spring/summer 15’ collection.

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Christopher Shannon

The assembly of looks conveyed visions of an emo teenager’s bedroom, with scrapbooks; sticker books and the random collages on his bedroom wall all playing a reference throughout. Oversized, graphic tees with matching trousers, tracksuits, shorts and baggy sweat jumpers all adopted an athlete role seen in bold blues, purples, reds and a whole lot of monochrome. Tees were big and boxy whilst all other silhouettes appeared somewhat shapeless. Loose-fitting denims in black and white were one of the only differentiating materials witnessed, and there were absolutely no accessories in sight.

By Katie Farley




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