THE BEST OF LONDON MEN’S FASHION WEEK SS16 : DAY 1

It’s London Men’s Fashion Week SS16. Discover everything we saw and who made our list of the top collections of Day!

Day one at London’s Men’s Fashion week confidently set the tone for the upcoming SS16 season.  London is known to be the home of menswear, as the craft of tailoring was perfected on Savile Row. However, day one was far from traditional, in the aspect of tailored suits. Instead we saw, ill fitting clothing, fabric hanging every which way but right, and all sorts of peek-a-boo, as the models on the runway were almost baring it all. Could this could be the revitalization of ancient menswear motifs with a modern twist.


Craig Green

Green found inspiration in not wanting his designs to become serious. Although Green is still considered as an emerging designer, he wasn’t afraid to add a bit of veteran humor as we saw of an assortment of fabric resembling exaggerated nipples, pieces bound together with rubber bands, and a playful color palette of bright yellows, oranges, greens, and reds. I can just imagine many fashion critics thinking: “Hey, my kid can design something like that!”


 

Mazar Nasir

Tragedy struck Mazar’s collection with the passing of his father only weeks before London Men’s fashion week. Nasir’s emotion was present in every part of his collection. The mood was heavy in the form of a deep black almost singular color palette. Strong hints of militia influence darted about creating robust statements of masculinity oozing from the seams of each garment. The Collection also seemed to nod to the newly released film Mad Max: Fury Road. Models appeared strapped with backpacks and facial masks bearing their muscular chests and solemn faces. While this collection appeared as a sort of mourning epitaph for Mazar, it may also mark a turning point in his career- an evolution in his approach to designing for his label.


 

Christopher Shannon

Perhaps the quirkiest show of day, Shannon’s Spring/Summer ’16 collection consisted of skin, skin, and even more skin! From the sheer tops, high hitting shorts, and cut-out bomber jackets, we saw pecs, abs, and legs. The audience couldn’t help but gawk (and for some drool).  The entire show had a very eclectic vibe, Considering the foam strewn through hair and faces of the models, to the bikini tops tied around their necks , to Sisqo’s infamous “Thong Song” blasting at the end of the show. Shannon’s presentation set the stage for entertainment. And to think, it’s only day one.


 

MAN

Heavily inspired by Russian Avant Garde painter, Kazimir Malevich, Rory, Parnell Mooney’s collection for MAN this season embodied how the painter used art as a form of protest. Much of Malevich’s inspiration can be found in the geometric cuts in the garments and accessories such as the earpieces and armbands. Hence the dark pallet, Parnell Mooney stressed that the collection comes from a positive place, emphasizing that the collection embodies a sense of “summer chill” as he calls it.


 

TopMan Design

Northern Soul of the 1970s was revived at Topman Design, as the collection hinted toward the era of post-mod, pre-underground disco. The garments reflected the classic dress of the Northern-Soul subculture; black knit tops, ribbed turtlenecks, vests, and capes. As well as paying tribute to the early 80s skate scene and athletic wear influences. It sounds like it would be all over the place, but the motifs of the different eras mesh together perfectly and tell a story of rebellion.


 

Even though this is just the beginning of London Men’s Fashion Week, many of the influences seen today seem strong enough to become continuous throughout the remaining days. Stay tuned for more London Men’s Fashion Week Coverage.

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