– By Khahlil Louisy
I am very excited about London Fashion Week Men’s because really, the British capital is the best place to witness fashion in all it’s rawness. London’s fashion is experimental and for many of the designers, their creativity isn’t restricted by commerciality. Remember, it’s London who gave us such masters of the craft, like John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, who, to this day, continues pushing boundaries and sparking dialogue via her work, and Alexander McQueen. Their work changed the way the world thought of fashion and really, how fashion can not only be a reflection of the times that we live in, but also influence it.
But there is a new crop of designers in London, who are determinedly paving their own paths and establishing their names. Craig Green, Charles Jeffrey, and Wales Bonner are all exciting names on the fashion week schedule, who over the last few seasons have given us plenty to think about, as they challenge such concepts like gender binaries and the role of the garments we wear, to further perpetuate those ideologies. Charles Jeffrey and Wales Bonner will show on Sunday, 7th and Craig Green on Monday, 8th. The full schedule can be viewed on the event’s website.
The street style in London also stands out among the peacocks who attend the shows or who wait patiently outside the venues, waiting for their moment in the sun.
Besides these new superstars, we’re excited to see old friends as well at London Fashion Week Men’s, like Burberry, whose grand sets and inspired music always leave a lasting impression on show attendees. Creative Director, Christopher Bailey, is also set to exit the company later this year, so we expect his final collections for the brand to be exceptional. Christopher Raeburn, KTZ, and Chalayan all showed strong collections last season and are expected to continue elevating the identities they’ve crafted for their brands. Each of the brands mentioned landed on our Top 10 Collections of the Spring season, by the way, and our hopes are high for them, for the fall,winter 2018 collections.
Looks from Craig Green, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, and Vivienne Westwood Spring 2018 collection