We explore the best collections and inspirations from London Men’s Fashion Week SS16, Day 3.
Day three of London Men’s fashion week Â emphasizedÂ historical memories. Whether it was personal or a huge part of history, each designer brought usÂ back to a time that was important and impactful and put their own twist on it. For many, it was the innocence of childhood, as for the rest, Â perhaps a famous artists or war. Nonetheless, each presentation made us think back to a time where things were Â different and perhaps somewhat easier.
Â JW Anderson seems to possess the uncanny ability of bringing us one step into the future, while remaining one step in the past. Describing his spring summer collection as “Laidback and Zen-Like” Anderson debuted what mimicked futuristic, spiritual clothing with a touch of dancehall influence found in the shoes and flashy leather jackets. His true inspiration, however, has nothing to do with spirituality in that sense, but to preserve a time of innocence found in boyhood having his collection represent a world in which a young boy might create for himself. Tools found themselves in the jewelry and distorted Â game board print on the pants: it is indeed a young boys paradise. And Anderson’s way of poking fun at fashion and keeping everyone on their toes.
Lost boys at sea could practically sum up Sarah Burton’s version of Victorian age Sailor motif in this collection. Overcoats were structured, reminding us of the attire of a captain adrift at sea, and lay over, loose, fitting androgynous, pajama like trousers. The models were also covered in tattoos of nautical themes, such as anchors, mermaids, and compasses. What really pulled the motif together was the storybook sea monster print on robes and ship patterns on suits. Burton really nailed it!
Having recently visited Chris Burden’s Metropolis II at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Marjan Pejoski found herself inspired. But instead of using the exhibition as direct inspiration, she was rather fascinated by how the children reacted in such excitement. Pejoski found herselfÂ struck with a distinct vibe- an epitome: “All of us, when we are kids, if we have cardboard and scissors we can pretend to be who we want to be for the day.We can be a cosmonaut, a doctor–anyone. It is an innocence we all have but that we lose … after seeing this show, I felt the possibility that it’s never too late!” Fabric resembling brown cardboard boxes, “This way up” arrows on socks, and Tron inspired rain coats really set the tune for a blast from the past.
“My Green Trauma” was the name of this collection and after seeing it, there’s no questioning to title. The collection was full of bright emerald greens and ensembles were covered in floral print, meaning the suit, tie, shirt, and shoes. Toby Lamb, the man who designed this collection, found his main inspiration from famous poet and surrealist, Edward James, who created a series set in the jungles of Mexico. The prints included vibrant jungle flowers, parrots, and staircases leading to nowhere. Lamb really took into consideration of what Edward James really tried to create in his work “Las Pozas”
Bringing the battlefield to the runway Raeburn’s collection traveledÂ back to England during the WWII Era, where famous anthropologist Tom Harrisson ventured to Borneo, successfully persuading the Sarawak people to aid in the fight with their British Allies. The collection was full of bomber jackets, field jackets, mesh tanks, and backpacks. There were also remnants of the British explorer attire with oatmeal colored trousers, pulled up socks and Clarks sandals. Khaki Bomber jackets, Swiss denim parkas, and parachute perforated garments resembled urban 21st century attire.
Catch up on London Men’s Fashion Week SS16 Day 1-2 and Day 4!
London Men’s Fashion Week: Day 1
London Men’s Fashion Week: Day 2
London Men’s Fashion Week: DayÂ 4