Tag: men’s fashion week

Zio Song, a South Korean designer, presented his SONGZIO SS18 collection at London Fashion Week Men’s (180 The Strand). It was the first show of the day, kicking off at 9am, but it was one worth getting out of bed for. With a pyjama feel, appropriate for a morning show, this collection featured stripes that made you want to crawl back into your loungewear and your bed.

The collection was inspired by this single phrase, “Man, in his night, searches for his own light”. Male emotion is explored throughout the collection. The idea of accepting men’s emotions and feelings, something our society is talking about more and more, influenced every piece.




The colour palette consisted of blue, orange, red and grey. Bold and colourful striped jackets were mixed with muted white shirts. The stripes peaking through on linings of coats, and pinstripes creeping in too, on a series of tailored designs. Creating a clear theme throughout.

This SS18 collection incorporated canvas paintings from Song. Hand-painted these are added to the styles, showing a range of men painted on t-shirts and shirts alike.

A range as unique as ever, it breaks the mould in more ways than one.

Words: Andrea McCaul| Fashion Week Press |@andreaelizam

 

C.P. Company

C.P Company A/W '13

Over in Covent Garden, C.P. Company chose to showcase their collection of coats in a basement of a building. The presentation of the collection also featured a narration on ‘heroes, greatness, beauty and myth’. It was a rather ordinary range of coats, apart from a charming green Shetland wool jacket. The rest of the jackets were either wool, had googles in the hood, or had four pockets. The room was so dimly lit however it was hard to properly examine the clothing. What made things worse is that the suspended jackets spun around whenever they were touched, which mad taking pictures even harder. The narration, though wonderfully executed, didn’t fit the tone of the collection.

At least I got a free drink.

Hentsch Man

Hentsch Man '13

Hentsch Man gave a sneak peak of their Autumn/Winter collection in their store in Covent Garden. Hentsch Man ‘always goes for the quirky end of the market’, as an employee told me. I imagined the collection as preppy, with darker undertones. The sneak peak on show saw appealing double breasted blazers with wide lapels, my particular favourite being the houndstooth blazer. These were paired with relaxed, but well fitting trousers in contrasting shades. The full collection was more traditional in colour for winter consisting of blacks and greys, however the collection also featured burgundy and yellow, like many other designers.

Hentsch Man A/W '13

Words: Nathan Agyekum | Follow @MasterNath

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MAN, established in 2005 by Fashion East and Topman, identifies and supports ‘the most exciting new menswear names’. This show was no different, bringing together three very different collections, to form an eclectic, and very interesting show.

Astrid Anderson

First up was Astrid Anderson, whose street sportswear collection seemed to have been inspired by streetwear from the late eighties/early nineties. Gold, lavender and black were the main colours in the show, set against the backdrop of a thumping soundtrack, with Chief Keef's ‘I Don’t Like’ and Aaliyah’s ‘Are You That Somebody?’ being mixed together. I had to refrain from cutting some serious shapes while the show was going on.

MAN A/W '13

Astrid Anderson may use regular streetwear items, such as hoodies, tracksuits and oversized coats, however, the beauty is in the design. Anderson uses floral prints in lavender and gold to soften clothing that too often has negative connotations. Dark denim jackets are contrasted with brilliant gold oversized hoodies. It’s streetwear. But not as we know it.

Craig Green

MAN A/W '13

Craig Green was next, and was in complete contrast to the Astrid Anderson show. In his press release it describes his collection as an ‘obsession with the interplay between light and dark…made up of a series of inverse looks’. The start contrasts of light and dark, and the use of the most bizarre face coverings I have ever seen made the collection look…almost terrifying.

MAN A/W '13

Green’s collection was almost entirely black and white, with the briefest hints of navy blue stripes on one jacket. Models were dressed in either all black or all white, jumpers were made out of different materials stitched together, layered with shirts with long tails. Trousers were cut at the calf and worn with long socks. Jumpers and jackets had a handmade feel to them. If I’m honest, it was a collection that was not really appealing, and a show that left me wondering: How can the models see through planks of wood?

Agi & Sam

After the dark shadows of the Craig Green show, the Agi & Sam collection was the complete opposite. The room relaxed as I: Allegro and III: Presto played whilst the show carried out. It was well put together, featuring a dog, and models that were actually old enough to be someone’s granddad.

The collection was extremely well put together. Quintessentially British, whilst being refreshingly modern, Agi & Sam drew inspiration from the Maquess of Bath. Featuring a colour palette of blue, yellow, burgundy, orange, as well as soft grey and off white, the collection made me want to picnic in Richmond, regardless of the temperature. The collection had waistcoats with zips, knee length coats in vibrant blue, deep burgundy or a chequered orange. One piece I particularly liked was a twist on the Pea Coat, the body was black with gold buttons, and the arms were bright yellow.

MAN A/W '13

The collection also featured formal wear. Black dinner jackets with contrasting lapels and grey blazers worn with red pattered trousers which was pretty eye catching. White single breasted slim fit suits worn with big puffa jackets gave the look a modern twist. Autumn/Winter 2013 in Agi & Sam’s mind is a rather smart, well fitted affair. Sloppy people need not apply.

Words: Nathan Agyekum | Follow: @MasterNath

MAN, established in 2005 by Fashion East and Topman, identifies and supports ‘the most exciting new menswear names’. This show was no different, bringing together three very different collections, to form an eclectic, and very interesting show.

Astrid Anderson

First up was Astrid Anderson, whose street sportswear collection seemed to have been inspired by streetwear from the late eighties/early nineties. Gold, lavender and black were the main colours in the show, set against the backdrop of a thumping soundtrack, with Chief Keef's ‘I Don’t Like’ and Aaliyah’s ‘Are You That Somebody?’ being mixed together. I had to refrain from cutting some serious shapes while the show was going on.

MAN A/W '13

Astrid Anderson may use regular streetwear items, such as hoodies, tracksuits and oversized coats, however, the beauty is in the design. Anderson uses floral prints in lavender and gold to soften clothing that too often has negative connotations. Dark denim jackets are contrasted with brilliant gold oversized hoodies. It’s streetwear. But not as we know it.

Craig Green

MAN A/W '13

Craig Green was next, and was in complete contrast to the Astrid Anderson show. In his press release it describes his collection as an ‘obsession with the interplay between light and dark…made up of a series of inverse looks’. The start contrasts of light and dark, and the use of the most bizarre face coverings I have ever seen made the collection look…almost terrifying.

MAN A/W '13

Green’s collection was almost entirely black and white, with the briefest hints of navy blue stripes on one jacket. Models were dressed in either all black or all white, jumpers were made out of different materials stitched together, layered with shirts with long tails. Trousers were cut at the calf and worn with long socks. Jumpers and jackets had a handmade feel to them. If I’m honest, it was a collection that was not really appealing, and a show that left me wondering: How can the models see through planks of wood?

Agi & Sam

After the dark shadows of the Craig Green show, the Agi & Sam collection was the complete opposite. The room relaxed as I: Allegro and III: Presto played whilst the show carried out. It was well put together, featuring a dog, and models that were actually old enough to be someone’s granddad.

The collection was extremely well put together. Quintessentially British, whilst being refreshingly modern, Agi & Sam drew inspiration from the Maquess of Bath. Featuring a colour palette of blue, yellow, burgundy, orange, as well as soft grey and off white, the collection made me want to picnic in Richmond, regardless of the temperature. The collection had waistcoats with zips, knee length coats in vibrant blue, deep burgundy or a chequered orange. One piece I particularly liked was a twist on the Pea Coat, the body was black with gold buttons, and the arms were bright yellow.

MAN A/W '13

The collection also featured formal wear. Black dinner jackets with contrasting lapels and grey blazers worn with red pattered trousers which was pretty eye catching. White single breasted slim fit suits worn with big puffa jackets gave the look a modern twist. Autumn/Winter 2013 in Agi & Sam’s mind is a rather smart, well fitted affair. Sloppy people need not apply.

Words: Nathan Agyekum | Follow: @MasterNath

Topman's Autumn/Winter show for the London Collections : Men was a star-studded affair. David Gandy, Tinie Tempah, BFFs Henry Holland & Nick Grimshaw and Ronnie Wood were all present in the front row.

The collection featured colours normally associated with Spring/Summer rather than Autumn/Winter. Described as ‘a young man imbuing his spirit through the landscape and cultures in which he travels’, the collection started off with models wearing head to toe in white. As the show continued (and the ‘young man’ carried on his ‘journey’), the collection suddenly burst into colour, and clothes appeared in yellows, oranges, reds and burgundies.

Topman A/W '13

The Topman Design AW13 collection also featured a standard assortment of clothes that any man would want to wear during the winter to keep warm. There was one pair of shorts seen. However, I will allow this as a) this is Topman, a company that has made mens shorts shorter as a staple, and b) this seems to be part of a wider trend where seasons become more blurred as fashion becomes more international and the weather becomes more irrational.

Topman A/W '13

Topman Design AW13 saw oversized parka coats in white, red and orange. Chunky knits in the form of belted cardigans and turtle neck jumpers. Double breasted blazers made a comeback, dressed down with pin rolled trousers, paired with explorer boots and accessorised with oversized backpacks. Pea coats featuring what looked like a slightly shorter than normal body came in reds and oranges, a change from the usual blue and grey.

Topman A/W '13

The last two looks were in black (a relief for those allergic to colour), and featured one of my standout pieces, a black three quarter length pea coat with a fur (fake, obviously) collar. I also really liked the white patterned pea coat. The knitwear was superb as usual, but maybe the best part of the show was the very distinct lack of skinny trousers. Yes, it seems Topman has abandoned its infamous trouser shape for something more relaxed.

Topman may have attracted many celebrities to its show, but it’s the clothes that everyone will be talking about.

Words: Nathan Agyekum | @MasterNath