With all fashion eyes peeled on London over the weekend for London Collections: Men, the streets were as much a catwalk as the designated show spaces. Streetstyle photographers were out in force including heavyweights The Sartorialist and Tommy Ton, as celebrities, visiting fashion royalty (such as Suzy Menkes and Diane Pernet) and London’s own fashion tribes trooped between venues. Colour and print are still big news, whether all-out clashing or worn as a single statement piece to make an outfit pop.
With the English weather fully living up to its reputation for being unpredicatable and extreme, the art of layering is much in evidence. Whatever the temperature ankles remain proudly on show, and if socks are worn they are often being so to be noticed. Accessories provide an outlet for those who simply can’t layer any more: variations on clutches abound, the more luxe the better, with rucksacks and handheld briefcases providing scope for those with more loot to lug around, hats and pocket squares are a given.
Visually, what marks London out from other fashion centres is diversity, as a quick scan along the queue for any major show would reveal. From fashion kids evolving their own unique styles from a mix of high end, thrift and high street and the sartorial gent dressed in the finest of everything, to Asian boys in towering heels blurring boundaries of gender, taste and garment, it’s all out there, together.
LDNfashion was in the thick of it throughout the three days of London Collections: Men. If you weren’t there, feast your eyes on the sheer variety of looks – this wasn’t a time for wallflowers. And if you were there, look out for yourself, your fifteen milliseconds of digital fame might be right here.
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