Men’s ready-to-wear fashion week in London is an exceptional celebration of innovative design and extravagant style. From the established to the unknown, it is an exclusive event for the very best to showcase their powerful collections and provide and insight to the forthcoming trends. Throwbacks to boyhood, historic references and oversized elements were seen throughout the week, while subtle colours were the key palette this season occasional splashes of more daring hues were seen. We’ve picked out someone of our favourite collections from the Men’s spring/summer collections for 2017.
Influenced by the brand’s coastal hometown of South Shields, Barbour showcased this season a relaxed collection of lightweight jackets with marl knitwear and button ups presenting a modern take on the traditional North East fishermen. Beige, brown and orange keep the collection light, while sea blue, navy and grey inject a darker theme linking to the maritime heritage. Adding an element of boyish charm, Barbour complete the collection with summer shorts, white trainers from their shoe collection and 90’s style bucket hat.
The luxury brand, Belstaff looked to Steve McQueen’s influence in the motorcycling epic Any Given Sunday for this season’s inspiration and with legendary motor cyclist Sammy Miller making an appearance, the 1970’s British racing culture was an apparent theme. The collection was rich in waxed leather as a base to create loose shirts, biker jackets and trousers which sport red and white stars, a nod to their Americana influence. Contributing to a lighter summer feel the collection also displayed distressed denim and relaxed fitted t-shirts to contrast the heavy leather.
A Little Prince’s wardrobe, as suggested by the designer, J.W Anderson incorporated a flamboyant and playful theme into the prints and silhouettes for this upcoming season. An obvious oversized aesthetic was shown through long tunics, boxy jackets and stretched out sleeves, so long they scraped along the floor. Sweatshirts displayed puzzle prints and quirky illustrated characters, with a colour palette of bold pinks and purples, baby blues and contrasting neutral hues.
Craig Green, notorious for his unique utility designs, has once again created a collection of unconventional silhouettes and offbeat tailoring. Quilted jackets displaying an array of block colours, matching hoods and thick triangular belts tied around the middle capturing a wilderness uniform. Sleeves, bodies and legs were laced together to create shape and function as jackets and eastern inspired tunics featured in light browns with the occasional delicate print, inspired by
Patrick Grant made another personal statement against traditional tailoring. A little nod to the 80’s we saw ‘big’ and full suits with hems just grazing below the ankle so to show off black and white t-bar pumps. Tailored shorts were pulled in at the waist with a simple belt and matched with boxy tees, loose fitting knits and baggy shirts, tucked in to show off the voluminous shape. Thin stripes take a significant stance in the collection through greys, light and dark blues and sporadic appearances of brown.