Four years ago, the gatekeepers of London fashion created The London Collections: Men: a one-day event at the end of the larger London Fashion Week. Since then, it has grown into a four-day event where designers, models, dapper Saville Row men and edgy East London street boys dominate every venue and pub for the collections. London was the second to last of the fashion capitals to get a men's fashion week and, in July, New York gets into the mix with the first New York Fashion Week: Men's.
Known for extra-slim silhouettes and world-famous tailoring, London menswear has always been a favorite in the industry. But at age four, it seems like LCM had something else on its mind. The Spring/Summer 2016 collections were all about pushing the boundaries and creating new ideas. Though these pieces won't be hitting stores for a while, keep reading — we've got tips on how you can stay one step ahead of the trends with our own signature pieces from Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy.
Collections That Rethink the Traditional Man
Sibling poked fun at the all-American jock by giving him sequins, glitter, and pompoms. The label worked with embroidery and exquisite embellishments, making each outfit look like a purposeful juxtaposition.
Jonathan Anderson created a child-like collection with oversized pants and abstract metal work as accessories. The looks have a snuck-into-dad's-closet feel with a modern twist, styling a smart and chic look to traditional menswear.
The Christopher Raeburn collection was deceptively smart. Most of the garments were made from recycled military surplus. The collection was primarily separates, but with military undertones only in the little details (cargo pockets, fleece, jersey, and puffer vests).
Prints and Fabric
Alexander McQueen played with fantasy in a collection that could have easily been a nod to Captain Phillips. Painted and embroidered ships appeared on denim separates, and captain jackets, mermaids and waves gave each garment a cinematic feel.
Menswear with lace isn't typical for a popular brand like Burberry, but, somehow, it worked — and it was revolutionary. The collection was filled with menswear staples that have made the Burberry brand a go-to for menswear enthusiasts, but Christopher Bailey's use of lace in coats, shirts, and even ties gave the collection a fresh perspective.
The MAN collection was abstract. Literally. The designers were inspired by painter Kazimir Malevich and produced a collection of tops and bottoms with cut outs along the chest and thighs.
For those looking to interpret the looks right now, there are always options — and the trick is in separates. Here are a few to get you started from our Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy collections: