London Fashion Week Men's AW17 Roundup #LFWM

London Fashion Week Men's (which was formally known as London Collections: Men) is the men's time to takeover London before London Fashion Week takes over our streets and Instagram feeds later on in the year. The event is run in London and this season was displayed over the 6th - 9th of January 2017. It's a chance for brands to showcase their new Autumn/Winter 2017 (AW17) collections to press and industry experts. Headquartering at 180 Strand, however London hosts a variety of different showcases and presentations from Britains biggest menswear brands. As a blogger and a menswear business owner myself, Im invested in the menswear industry heavily, so it is important for me to attend and see as many shows as possible as it is important to keep ahead of trends coming up. 

I have created the video at the top of this post to show you what I personally got up to during LFWM. You'll see a sneak peak of AW17 concepts from Topman, Sibling, Toni & Guy, Chester Barrie as well as Barbour SS17 in-store collections.

For my LFWM day one outfit, I wanted to keep to a classic tailoring look, high-end and polished and this means accessorising in style. Launer (the brand who crafted my luxury leather bag) are a truly great British label, designed and handcrafted in Walsall, they manufacture beautiful leather goods assembled by one expert craftsman’s per item, with some items taking up to 5 weeks to create.  British traditional style, with a modern, contemporary panache is how I would describe the high-end brand. The Launer leather bag worked well with the camel palette of the lux 100% British cashmere overcoat by Hawkins & Shepherd. 

 

SHOP MY LFWM DAY 1 OUTFIT

Topman started the ball rolling with their neon inspired collection which I went along with Lavazza coffee, a perfect way to start LFWM with a large double-espresso!

Straight after the Topman runway show, I headed over to view the Barbour collection which was a presentation type show. Presentations just mean that rather than a catwalk runway it is more based around models wearing the clothing on a themed stage. I actually prefer presentations because they seem more informal and often have free food and drink!!!

Unfortunately I had to miss day 2, but day 3 was a busy one starting with the Chester Barrie AW17 collection presentation. I love how London is so diverse in men's fashion, one presentation could be showcasing the most urban streetwear and just down the road the same faces are appreciating Savile Row's finest tailors such as Chester Barrie. 

My final event on day 3 was a long one but an incredible experience. I was invited backstage with Toni&Guy who were collaborating with iconic fashion label SIBLING London on their runway show. This is the second time the two brands have collaborated and represents an important moment for creativity and self-expression in London fashion. Backstage we got an insight into the next big men's hairstyle trends and what new Toni&Guy products will help you create said looks.

After spending time backstage with TONI&GUY and SIBLING London it was time to check-in to the Mondrian hotel which was compliments of TONI&GUY. After a quick freshen up, finally it was time for the big event, the runway show which featured girls and guys wearing SIBLING's iconic knitwear amongst other incredible pieces.

London Fashion Week Men's AW17 has been an amazing experience and for me the best yet...I just cant wait until 6 months time when brands showcase their SS18 collections. Until then, keep tuned for more of my usual style.

CHESTER BARRIE AW16 - SAVILE ROW

I pride myself on having a good eye for detail, not only in clothing but in food, cocktails and even spreadsheets. That was until I met Christopher Modoo the senior creative at Savile Rows' Chester Barrie. During my personal tour of their AW16 collection, the passion showed by Chris as he meticulously explained every single design decision, flourished in their collection. 

My 3 stand out pieces of the collection were:

1. Navy pinstripe double-breasted suit. This suit has gone through so many iterations in the pattern design to get it perfect. Chester Barrie wanted to design a double-breasted suit jacket, which fastens up on the lower buttons in a 6 button design (rather than the usual middle button). Double-breasted jackets look great done up, although when open, they can seem like there is too much fabric flapping around. With their new Chester Barrie, closely guarded pattern, they have solved this issue in their design so this DB suit looks just as good undone as it does done up - a first for DB jackets?

2. Herringbone Overcoat. Wow wow wow. Okay so I'm a little obsessed with overcoats, add on some creative peak lapels and a wide herringbone fabric and you are on to a winner.  

3. Navy Dinner Jacket. Impeccable tailoring using a Chester Barrie designed fabric on the large lapels giving this piece of investment clothing the a-list factor. 

Chester Barrie is bringing accessible quality tailoring to Savile Row and their AW16 collection will be available from August 2016. You can also visit their retail store on 19 Savile Row or shop online at http://www.chesterbarrie.co.uk/

LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN TREND REPORT SS16 #LCMSS16 #LCM

After reviewing hundreds of photos and reading many of the LCM designers style notes - most of which are exceptionally well written and extremely creative - however I'm going try to bring all this fashion jargon back to earth for the everyday man.

Prior to London Collections SS16, I expected and wanted to see more focus on Made-in-Britain pieces, summer tailoring with shorts and plenty of prints. I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed. You can watch my pre LCM interview for Mode Stories/Brash UK below:

It's such a unique event which gets London buzzing and there is something for every type of style from flamboyant fashionistas to smart Savile Row tailoring. Seeing LCM expand to 4 full days is not surprising after reading the growth of the menswear industry from Caroline Rush, CEO of the BFC who told The Guardian 'The global menswear market is now worth $440bn (£298bn) as men are spending more than ever on clothing and footwear.'

'London is the global home of menswear with great heritage and cultural relevance, not only with the Savile Row tailors but also home-grown talent and international super-brands.'

'This breadth is what makes London unique and inspiring.'

 

MY LCM SS16 TREND REPORT

SUMMER WHITES

With this Spring Summer 2016 trend, the pristine white houses of Chelsea will have nothing on you. Seen across collections from Tiger of Sweden, Alexander McQueen, J.W. Anderson, Agi & Sam, Maharishi and Craig Green.

ORANGE TONES

I have been a long admirer of all orange tones because the colours are so versatile yet bold, so only a small tiny detail can transform your outfit. Seen on collections from Lou Dalton, Hardy Amies, Sibling and Craig Green.

WINDOWPANE FABRICS

Taking its name from the wide windowpane like checked pattern, this style has recently been brought back from sartorial exile. A windowpane suit isn’t for the light-hearted; it’s a bold print of retro elegance that makes a statement. Seen on Paul Smith, Chester Barrie, Tommy Hilfiger, Hardy Amies and Dunhill

DESERT & CAMO

Think Desert Camouflage and I immediately think of the Belstaff SS16 collection, which was all over my twitter and instagram feed during LCM. Also seen at Topman, Gieves & Hawkes and Maharishi.

STORMY SUMMER COLOURS

The trend: Stormy Summer Colours were huge at LCM this year with hues of grey being featured at almost every show. Similar to the Great British weather, Aquascutum stayed true to its British heritage and featured greys, blacks and dark blues in their SS16 collection. Also seen at Burberry, YMC, Hardy Amies and Oliver Spencer.

PRINTS

It goes without saying really, prints were always going to be big for SS16 as the summer months give more freedom to use bright colour print palettes. Have fun with this trend, however leave the double prints to those who are in the know and can pull it off! Seen on the collections of Topman, Katy Eary, Sibling, Kit Neale, James Long, Xander Zhou, Alexander McQueen and Richard James.

GREYS

Hardy Amies’s SS16 collection had a space odyssey inspiration behind it- featuring a colour palette of charcoals and greys in the form of elegant suits, bombers and trousers made from techy fabrics. Greys also featured in the collections of Burberry, Topman, Dunhill, James Long and Margaret Howell.

Special thanks to London Collections: Men chairman Dylan Jones OBE, The British Fashion Council, all the ambassadors & menswear designers.

Special thanks to London Collections: Men chairman Dylan Jones OBE, The British Fashion Council, all the ambassadors & menswear designers.

PHOTO CREDIT CATWALKING.COM

SUMMER TAILORING AT LCM SS16

I have been banging on for a while about a look which I call 'Summer Tailoring' which is in essence, wearing your suit attire as you would normally but replacing the trousers with tailored shorts. It's a simple look but looks great and is very versatile. 

Whether you are going to the races, a polo event, summer weddings or even out for an evening on holiday - this look is stylish, comfortable and different. This trend is very formal, however to give something extra to the look, incorporate prints and different fabrics such an linen.

The important aspects of this look are to pick a nice pair of tailored shorts, I prefer contrasting the colours between your shorts and blazer. Then a formal pair of comfortable shoes, my preference would be a worn in pair of brogues. For the more confident of us, go bold with a pair of colourful socks.

It looks like the designers at London Collections: Men have agreed and used this look in their SS16 collections. Above are from Richard James SS16 collection.

Above Left: Tiger of Sweden SS16 collection. Above Right: Margaret Howell SS16 Collection.

Above Left: Thomas Pink SS16 collection - this is a more casual twist on the Summer Tailoring look, but I have added it to show how versatile the look is.

Above Right: Oliver Spencer SS16 Collection.

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