Let The Men’s Shows Commence
New Year, new collections, as we swiftly embark on a month long journey of designer men’s shows and presentations we take a look at the names to watch and the state of play in the menswear sector…
This morning (6th January 2018) Dylan Jones OBE, Chair of London Fashion Week Men’s (LFWM) and Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive British Fashion Council (BFC) opened London Fashion Week Men’s stating the capital was a creative hub of diversity and discovery. From British heritage to emerging labels and vibrant street-wear brands, the twelfth edition of the menswear showcase runs until Monday 8 January 2018.
LFWMen’s Chair, team and ambassadors with James Messiah
“We look forward to starting January 2018 with London Fashion Week Men’s as a celebration of London as a global centre for creativity and innovation. From fashion to art, design, music and popular culture, our international audience use LFWM to experience our city’s melting pot of creative industries and the best of British retail. News that growth in the UK menswear market is predicted to outstrip womenswear and reach £16.2billion by 2021, is promising news for our designers and further cements the UK’s importance as a global business destination.” Commented Dylan Jones OBE, London Fashion Week Men’s Chair.
The opening saw international retailers, press, designers, media, BFC patrons, industry partners and government to the main venue based at 180 Strand and featured a specially commissioned performance from the South London poet James Massiah.
Top shows this season include Craig Green, winner of the British Designer of the Year – Menswear at The Fashion Awards 2017. Craig will show on schedule alongside British Emerging Talent Menswear winner Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, who will stage his second standalone show, expect a combination of Caledonian heritage, Teddy Boy and military references plus a good dose of raw, theatrical energy.
The BFC’s NEWGEN initiative will see the likes of Kiko Kostadinov, Liam Hodges and Wales Bonner on the catwalk whilst Nicholas Daley will host a presentation.
Established brands pulling in the fashion pack includes: Oliver Spencer, Vivienne Westwood and Chalayan.
(John Lawrence Sullivan kicked off the catwalk schedule in the BFC Show Space with his AW18/19 collection of tailoring meets country & western, inspired by psychopathic characters in films such as Twin Peaks and Taxi Driver.)
According to the latest figures from Mintel (2017) – the UK men’s clothing market grew by 2.8% in 2016 to reach £14.5 billion and although the menswear sector still only accounts for 27% of the total clothing market, it is growing at more than twice the rate of the women’s clothing market. 52% of men have purchased designer fashion in the last 3 years compared to 43% of women.
London Fashion Week Men’s Designer Showrooms
The FashionCapital team will be reporting from LFW Men daily check back for the latest reviews and images.