Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Is He Really Going Out In That?! - London Collections: Men AW13

on your tube / bus / train journey into work later this Winter (as in AW13 Winter), you see a man dressed up like any of these men below:

or these.......

...... DON'T PANIC!! There's no need to rub and re-adjust your eyes to "normal setting" or suddenly think you've had a brain malfunction and begun viewing people like a visual representation of Tilda Swinton's thought processes (read: cray cray).

These images above are actually from the J.W. Anderson and Sibling Autumn/Winter 13 menswear shows which took place yesterday as part of the London Collections: MEN.
Where J.W. Anderson's boys-meet-girls were ruffled up in mini skirts, shorts and riding boots, Sibling's boys looked like they had raided their Grandmother's sewing boxes while tripping out to a Sex Pistols album - hence the punky-edged over sized knits, giant monster mittens and hats shaped like mushrooms.

As much as I love J.W. Anderson for keeping us all on our toes, and the ever-brilliant Sibling for referencing 70s punk icon Richard Hell with their floral motif "Please Kill Me", seen on the catwalk backdrop and an over sized knit (below) - 
personally I don't think we'll be seeing men strutting down Savile Row in shift dresses any time soon, or boys donning baby pink Mohair shorts on Shoreditch High Street (even if they are all hipsters around there).

All Images © Getty, 2013

But aside from some of the more questionable looks (there were lots of wearable looks too), on a more serious note, over 60 of London’s biggest menswear names have shown at the London Collections, including iconic Brit brands Oliver Spencer, Belstaff, Burberry and Vivienne Westwood - 30 of which took the form of specially curated presentations in an exhibition at The Hospital Club, the central hub for LC:M.
The London Collections: Men has established our Capital as a leader in menswear design, dominating worldwide trends, and with the direct value of the fashion industry to the UK economy set at £21 billion (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report 2010) - as the Prime Minister said at his No.10 launch party for the collections, LC:M means more "British exports, British manufacturing, British jobs and a strong British future". 

The London shows also mark the start of the international men’s fashion calendar for AW13. 


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