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London Fashion Week Mens – AW18 Highlights

The 12th edition of LFWM closed its doors this Monday, after three days of shows and presentations from both established brands and upcoming designers. Here are a few highlights from the AW18 season, an edition that was branded as a celebration of discovery and the creative diversity that has made London an international hub for menswear.

Band of Outsiders – The American brand presented the AW18 collection on the ice rink at Somerset House, a collection with very high standards and a fun retro twist.

 

 

What We Wear – Tinie Tempah combined sportswear with elements of workwear for his AW18 collection, using traditional items from functional uniforms such as safety orange or reflective strips, and a grounded palette of navy, khaki and grey.

John Lawrence Sullivan – Designer Arashi Yanagawa offered a fascinating collection, inspired by western movies and psychopath films. Playing with fabrics from wool to denim to leather, the designs reveal a strong inspiration from iconic movies from the 90’s.

Oliver Spencer – the designer remained faithful to its tailored yet relaxed signature, offering a perfect winter collection, where layering seems the key word, in a beautiful warm palette of burgundy, mustard and cognac, balanced by strong charcoal and grey hues.

Alex Mullins – The AW18 collection explores the relationship between right and left brain functions, where logical, symmetric, smart clothing meets chaotic and spontaneous items. A very interesting approach to fashion.

Christopher Raeburn – For AW18, the British designer produced another collection with a green stamp, this time focussing on oceans and their protection, with his signature survival feel but also with an important change of patterns as the usual camouflage pattern disappeared to give space to checked wool. A wonderful collection, where models looked like an army of rescuers facing bravely highly hostile elements.

Michiko Koshino – Mikisho Koshino presented a very bold collection, like an explosion of colours, material and creativity. Clever layering, with strong colours such as purple or royal blue showing through translucent material and Koshino’s signature inflatable outerwear.

Belstaff – the British label presented their AW18 collection at The Vinyl Factory. A dual gender collection entitled ‘Made In UK’, to celebrate the brand’s British roots. This year also marks the 70th Anniversary of the brand’s iconic four-pocket Trialmaster jacket, originally designed to protect against the harsh weather at the Scottish Six Day Trials, so this was a great moment for Belstaff to explore this legacy.