Yesterday marked the beginning of the AW14 season with London Collections: Mens getting under way, promising three days of outrageous yet brilliant fashion, style and talent. LC:M launched in 2012, allowing British menswear to make its mark on the international fashion map both creatively and commercially. British menswear has gained a reputation for offering bold and era defining designs. Yesterdays collections did not disappoint promising a fresh injection of trends for AW14.
Lou Dalton began proceedings with his utilitarian silhouettes and fabrics, softened by a palette of pastel pinks and blues. A trend to look out for from this collection was corduroy, something which has been overlooked in recent seasons by the battle between denim and chino. Thick corduroy was used for both jackets and trousers. Double corduroy for AW14? Watch this space.
Lou Dalton AW14 Menswear Collection
Next up was Astrid Anderson whose collection brought a futuristic vibe with liquid blues and satin textiles. Influenced by American Hip Hop and the film ‘Only God Forgives’, youth was a word which instantly sprang to mind with oversized layering in the form of basketball tops thrown together with effortless confidence.
Astrid Anderson AW14 Menswear Collection
Jonathan Saunders brought a much slicker look for the season describing the AW14 man as a ‘Balletic Pikey’. Inspired by dancers in tracksuits, the collection was created by the notion of taking something cheap such as an early eighties track suit and elevating it to something beautiful. Saunders has once again used his magic, throwing together all the colours which should not work to make something utterly wearable. Acid pink, dirty khaki and a sickly yellow juxtapose through thick knits, brought seamlessly together by bold lines and stripes.
Jonathan Saunders AW14 Menswear Collection
One of the biggest talking points from day yesterday was the collection by Bobby Abley for MAN, dubbed the ‘Kitsch Disney Nightmare’. Models came down the catwalk wearing unnerving silver mouth pieces which wildly contradicted the oversized, playful, pink, fluffy silhouettes. Abley had collaborated with renowned milliner Piers Atkinson to create the Disney inspired baseball caps. Our personal fouvorite was the Malificent horn cap, a definite micro trend to watch out for for AW14.
Bobby Abley for MAN AW14 Menswear Collection
As the first day of LC:M drew to a close there were a few clear trends which we can be sure to look out for come AW14 –
The Textile: Corduroy
The Silhouette: Oversized – bulky is the new skinny
The Hemline: High or low you decide
The Colour: Tomato soup red