London Fashion Week Men's took place over the weekend, giving us a taste of a 2019 full of colourful cool. Read on for the sartorial and celebrity highlights from the weekend:
1. Spike Island style
There was no Fools Gold on Sunday thanks to the living legends who took their seats alongside David and Victoria Beckham at the Kent & Curwen show. Like two fish out of water — who scrubbed up well for the occasion — John Squire and Mani of the Stone Roses were in town to celebrate a collaboration that sees Squire’s album artwork recast on
T-shirts. Sitting pretty in a collection that pays homage to the Stone Roses’ most iconic Nineties looks, Beckham’s brand — the charge of designer Daniel Kearns — showcased bucket hats, kick flares and striped overcoats.
2. Shorts + shirt
Balmy temperatures and good old-fashioned exhibitionism ensured menswear’s current uniform of choice enjoyed its time in the sun this weekend. On and off the catwalk, shorts cut to mid-thigh and worn with a printed shirt or polo is undoubtedly where it’s at right now. Alex Mullins, who unveiled his collection on Sunday, gave a masterclass in the look, combining punchy prints with slouchy tailoring for great effect. If you want to wear shorts to the office this summer this is the right way to do it.
3. A suit for 2019
No dissection of London menswear is complete without a conversation about suiting. For next summer, expect low-slung, slouchy trousers, oversized blazers and a determination to become as casual as possible. See Sharon Wauchob’s divine menswear debut for more details.
4. Parachute pants
If you’re considering a new season trouser purchase to last you long into next summer, big and billowing is the only way to go. At Edward Crutchley, parachute pants took off as a key silhouette with transparent trousers complete with drawstring waist and cuffs. We predict this trend will fly.
5. Up her street
All-round mega goddess Martine Rose wins the award for best show location. Taking over a cul de sac in Camden with an all-singing, all-dancing catwalk show, the designer known for her dedication to streetwear celebrated the genre in the most literal sense. Kids watched from on top of wheelie bins while other residents enjoyed the view from the front row. Marvellous.
6. The loverboy love-in
A collection featuring tin-foil turbans, oversized tutus crafted from landfill and trompe l’oeil dressage coats serves as further proof that Charles Jeffrey doesn’t do “normal”. But he is quietly emerging as an astute businessman. A series of striped
T-shirts and rugby tops emblazoned with his signature Loverboy logo are the money makers in his latest collection. Expect them to sell out.
7. They call it mellow yellow
From bitter lemon to acid bright, British menswear likes its colours sunny side up. At Cottweiler, a muted incarnation of the hue served as a fine foundation to a collection intended for surfers who morph into ravers once the sun goes down. We’re prepped to spot it all over Love Island next summer.
8. Keep it green
The eco movement continues to gain momentum and it’s not like fashion to be left behind. At Matthew Miller, a collaboration with K-Swiss provided sportswear with a side of sustainability — think sweatshirts crafted from old band merchandise — while ethically-minded designers Vin + Omi joined forces with the London College of Fashion to collect empty plastic bottles at show venues which will in turn be transformed into textiles and showcased during their next London Fashion Week show in September.
9. Man about town
With Virgil Abloh’s debut as Louis Vuitton’s new menswear designer imminent, the man of the moment seized the opportunity to get up close and personal with the best of British. During the weekend, Abloh was spotted on the sidelines at A-COLD-WALL and Martine Rose, before turning DJ alongside Diplo and Joe Goddard at the Browns bash on Sunday night