Now operating under a new name, London Fashion Week Men’s (formerly London Collections Men) saw a surge in unisex collections or the showcasing of men’s and women’s fashion in the same shows over the last four days. With highlights from Chalayan, Kiko Kostadinov and Wales Bonner, London Fashion Week Men’s celebrated it’s tenth year as the British hub of men’s fashion. But this year, a host of labels including Royal College of Art graduate, Christopher Raeburn and British icon, Vivienne Westwood chose to combine their men’s wear and women’s wear in support of the movement for undefined design and unisex fashion. Following on from a distinct growth in the men’s wear fashion market.
A pioneer for sustainable design, Christopher Raeburn’s unisex collection promotes versatility and usability through the aw’17 collection. Supporting the idea that clothing can be worn by both men and women, Raeburn showed a balance of luxurious functionality through muted tones and outdoor inspired layers.
Models sported masculine retro hair styles and simple make upto give a nod to a by-gone era whilst showcasing a range of outerwear that can be worn by both men and women. Waist ties added the option of a feminine silhouette offering a luxurious array of outerwear for the modern explorer.
Driven by a long standing passion for vintage clothing, this year’s autumn/winter collection from Nigel Cabourn included the Scandinavian appeal of Peak Performance. Combining an army aesthetic with contemporary oversized silhouettes to cater for the city explorer.
Providing the solution for ‘intelligent design’ YMC’s ethos ‘You Must Create’ supports the androgynous trend once again with non-gender specific cuts, accessories and a diverse colours pallet that can be styled by men and women alike.
Combining the Vivienne Westwood Man label and women’s label, Vivienne and her partner both in business and marriage, Andreas Kronthaler, present ‘Vivienne Westwood’ ready-to-wear at this year’s show after announcing last year that the designer would not be showing at LFW ss’17.