Fashion fans ASSEMBLE!
It’s June, which means only one thing on the menswear calendar- London Collections: Men. The four-day biannual spectacle celebrating the creative and commercial importance of the British menswear industry showcases offerings for spring/summer 2016 from the world’s most innovative emerging talents to global menswear brands and Savile Row tailors.
This week’s parade saw collections storm the runway from big league designers such as Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford, to household high street name Topman Design alongside shiny newcomers Cottweiler and Alex Mullins.
Following LCM tradition, Topman Design opened the event with their Northern Soul-inspired celebration of British subculture entitled ‘Northern Surf’, which saw a display of wide-leg trousers and bombers jackets strut down the runway to the soundtrack of Eighties house music. The end of the spectacle was ushered in by none other than Burberry, who hosted an inspiring performance against the backdrop of Kensington Palace Gardens, featuring jackets and trousers structured in the brand’s trademark slim-line shape crafted from breezy lightweight wools, luxe silks and cottons. A dapper Seventies vibe was established amongst a muted colour palette of dark blues, greens, greys and beiges with hints of mustard yellow and claret, whilst lace reigned supreme, featuring either all over garments or as soft frill detailing on smart evening shirts or new season trench coats.
Trends for the summer of 2016 were emerging from all angles so we’ve compiled an easy 4-point guide to next season’s sure-fire hits:
Either the entire menswear community have been listening to Madness, or baggy trousers are going to be everywhere next season. They certainly were on the catwalk, courtesy of the likes of Topman Design, Craig Green and E-Tautz who displayed super-baggy designs on a denim and cotton cross-section of trouser creations, whilst the loose-fitting silhouette was also seen in suiting and shorts over at Margaret Howell and Tiger of Sweden.
Serving as this summer’s answer to the camo print trend, big block stripes set against light blue or black backgrounds were the order of the week in the capital, appearing on jumpers, boxy blazers and suits across a broad runway spectrum from Lou Dalton and Alexander McQueen to Agi & Sam.
From Burberry Prorsum to Richard James and Coach, we were taken on a safari of palm tree and animal-printed separates, with jungle inspiration also encompassing wicker accessories and punchy tropical floral brights.
Perhaps as a nod to the typical Great British summertime weather, catwalks were overrun with blocks of overcast greys, blacks and stormy dark blues with the occasional hopeful hint of springy greens, yellows and dark reds to offset head-to-toe dark shades.