LC:M - Make it Rain
Let’s talk about the weather shall we? It is pretty integral when mentioning anything to do with London Collections: Men this season. It was back to school on Monday morning as everyone piled into the shows to escape broken brollies and blustering wind and rain outside. The wet weather transcended indoors in a plethora of ways. Models splashed down a wet runway with dripping hair plastered to their face for Topman Design (above), complete with rain shower for the finale. There was of course the infamous burst water pipe before Oliver Spencer’s show (don’t worry readers, Tinie Tempah and a few other celebs took a soaking for us, so Attitude Fashion team remained dry as a bone) Alongside the catwalk conditions, the collections were ready for all elements too. The Nomad was a strong theme: Burberry Prorsum kitted the models out with blankets (above right); Topman had water proofs and there was plenty of fur, masks, hoods and layering throughout the week. Lou Dalton kicked off proceedings with utilitarian outerwear, placing a firm foothold on function, which continued through menswear week. Christopher Raeburn sent down polar bear-esque chunky coats (left) and motifs, further reinforcing the idea of nature this season. Nearly everyone, it would seem, went animal - whether it be creatures big or small: Bobby Abley’s beloved bears and birds motifs; Kit Neale opted for rat prints and pendants, and Katie Eary sent down oversized Mickey Mouse headgear (below right) and her trademark pink and red leopard print. Not everyone was following the function trend, with the Autumn winter short shorts appearing in Sibling and Christopher Shannon. Exposing flesh was high on the agenda: Nazir Mazhar, Astrid Andersen and JW Anderson joined Sibling and Shannon by showing off more than a bit of skin. It will be a case of grinning and baring it next winter. We’re still drying off from all the escapades... With print there was plenty of check, in bold sweeping blocks. Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen went for Pink Tartan; Agi and Sam did monochrome power checks and E. Tautz played around with the graphic. There was a certain softness to the check on show this season, with a clever dichotomy between the bold and the delicate. Metallic suiting from Richard James and flecks of gold from McQueen kept the metal trend shimmering down the catwalk, along with Astrid Andersen’s liquid-like silky fabrics, which brings us back to where we began, with a little bit of water.