Highlights from London Collections: Men SS16
Fashion is a funny thing. Summer has barely started and the industry is two seasons ahead of us. Last week saw the fashion crowd descend upon London Collections: Men SS16 to see all the pieces that we will be wearing next spring/summer. Due to hit stores at the end of the year, we now bring you an exclusive look at next seasons menswear, with highlights from our favourite shows and presentations. All you need to do now is start saving …
London Collections: Men is a brilliant showcase of the best in British menswear and Aquascutum are right at the top of the list of heritage brands that we love. Showcased in the brands Greek Street store, we saw slick tailoring that is perfect for summer. Lightweight trenches, linen blend blazers and a great range of accessories too (especially the leather bags and silk scarves) evoked a sense of the smart English man abroad.
When days get warmer and longer, we want to be able to easily move around in our clothes, wear breathable fabrics and feel comfortable wherever we are. Everything from YMC for spring/summer 2016 had all of these features in spades. Chinos were cropped for comfort and style, and jackets were loose and easy to wear. Most impressive of all were those itsy techno floral designs – superb on shirting and a bold colour statement.
Away from the catwalks, Victoria House played host to a superb array of accessories. We saw everything from leather backpacks, affordable watches, luxury neckties and some frankly incredible shoes. Step forward (get it), Diego Vanassibara. Hailing from Brazil, these were some incredibly ornate and luxury shoes with unique design details like rosewood straps, peacock feather fabrication and bold and bright colours. All designs were displayed via an artistic installation called The Crying Forest.
There is much to be said for the no frills approach to menswear. It was exactly this that Oliver Spencer presented for next spring. The tailoring was easy to wear, the prints were lovely to look at but not daring in any way, and there were oodles of clothes that we could see many Entouraaj readers sporting on a day-to-day basis. We are calling it the 24/7 wardrobe.
Lovers of colour, rejoice. Richard James was a relative orgasm of colour – electric blue, bold red, jungle green and more, adorned some of next springs best suits. The cuts were on point, the details were unique (those snazzy hats and espadrilles) and the way in which it was all put together was simply superb – we especially loved seeing white trousers teamed with a velvet green trench coat.
One of our favourite shoe designers has expanded into ready to wear and we could not be happier. For a debut collection, this was incredibly impressive. The shoes (worth talking about on their own) were bold and unashamed in their ability be achingly cool. The clothes were of a similar vein – super light, with creased and cropped details they centred on a simple navy, red and white colour palette which suits us just fine.
London has its fair share of conceptual designers and Maharishi is one of the best. For SS16 the brand looked at the concept of the uniform, of religion and of a strapped back world. The results? Slick bomber jackets, camouflage all over prints and silk with real swag.
We know that our readers love unique and interesting evening wear, and to that end, we present Duchamp London’s SS16 collection. Opting for a presentation style show at The Rosewood Hotel, we saw some of the best evening wear we have seen in a long time. Checked three piece suits, summer linen that looks like its stepped straight off the pages of The Great Gatbsy and midnight blue jacquards made for one collection that we just couldn’t stop looking at.
Mr Hare was not the only former accessories brand that was expanding to ready to wear this season. Velsvoir, who are perhaps best known for their luxury neck ties, bow ties and braces took a bold leap into the future with shirts and waistcoats. What we loved best about their dapper offering was that everything was crisp, clean and simple but still with that luxury feel. Fabrics were great quality, the cut was superb and monochrome never looked so fashion forward.
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– London Collections: Men – Street Style 2015
– Menswear Trends Autumn Winter 2015
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