London Collections Men: Why We’re All Looking To Menswear?
I attended my first Men’s Fashion Week this season (or London Collections Men, as it’s formerly known) and I absolutely loved it.
Originally a day tagged on to the end of London Fashion Week (which is essentially a womenswear trade show), menswear grew to 2 days and now it’s a week in its own right (not quite as long as womenswear, but almost). It’s an exciting time for mens fashion.
Organised by the British Fashion Council (who also run London Fashion Week), the operation is a slick, suave and very stylish machine and the buzz around mens fashion designers right now is never more current. There’s also something less obvious about the style you see from guy’s hanging around the shows, more relaxed and less contrived (which I’m sure is not the case), but it feels less of a fashion circus than its sister fashion week. That’s not to say there weren’t hundreds of pap’s and street style photographers clamouring outside.
I attended the Oliver Spencer and Christopher Raeburn SS16 shows and they were absolutely superb (head over to my Instagram @FashionBiteUK to check out some videos), I wanted to wear half the stuff (particularly of Raeburn- I love his womenswear collections too).
I also loved the fact that they used a diverse casting of models, particularly Oliver Spencer, who had older models and shorter models and a range of ethnic diversity. I wish we saw more of this at London Fashion Week, or any of the other major womens fashion weeks.
After the shows, I headed to The Grooming Room party with Candid Magazine, (hosted by Forward PR and The Industry) where the refreshments were a lot more fun than the vitamin water favoured at London Fashion Week…
Time-honoured fashion journo’s like Colin McDowell have said menswear is where to look for innovation and excitement in fashion at the moment and you can see his point. In fact, mens fashion sales are now outstripping their female counterparts and this has been a trend growing year-on-year. The growth of the internet and social media for style inspiration has played a big part in this, according to an article on the Business of Fashion, and in the UK men now annually spend more on shoes than women. Wow.
So, all in all it’s a pretty exciting time for menswear and with androgynous styling showing no signs of abating, we can continue to raid our boyfriend’s wardrobes too…bonus!
CREDIT: (I was blogging from a Toshiba Satellite Click Mini – Designed for travelling, out and about, or just being used at home. The Satellite Click Mini offers everything needed for work and play. www.toshiba.co.uk )