What We Can Learn from London Fashion Week Men's
Yesterday marked the finale of yet another menswear fashion week round up. On its fifth year, LFW:M has witnessed exponential growth. Often touted as the first responder to world events, the fashion during this weekend’s show was no exception.
As gender identity becomes more fluid, so do the designs. Witnessed on the catwalk from the likes of MAN, Astrid Andersen and Edward Crutchley, traditional dress codes were nowhere to be seen. Silk, lace, florals, corsets, dresses… everything that was once saved for women’s dress were bountiful on the catwalk. The focus was no longer about who was wearing the clothes, but what the clothes could do for you.
Identity was the all-round theme this weekend. It was a celebration of who you are yet also the harsh realties attached to that identity as the runway was echoed with political sentiments. At Liam Hodges, a life-sized bear growling at the audience opened up the show, urging all of us to ‘make some noise’. At Vivienne Westwood, it was as Vivienne Westwood as it could be – a bold statement-making show voicing her concerns on the current climate. She sat high on her muscly-armed man, conducting a medley of eccentric figures that showed us the glaring problems facing our environment, economy and culture.
The performance didn't stop there; the acrobats seemed to freewheel into Charles Jeffrey’s show where dancers from the Theo Adams Company set the mood. The collection itself was described as “a euphoric unity of debauchery takes center stage. It’s dancing in the face of threats to freedom”. Urging us to ‘be alive’ Jeffrey’s collection was a bubbly and welcome relief despite the nod to the political turmoil facing the UK.
As gender-fluid looks take over the runway, we choose our favourite menswear inspired pieces here: