London is the fashion week I look forward to the most. Generally offering the most diversity, originality and an over-arching sense of fun without being trashy, London’s rich fashion history has solidified our place as one of the leading fashion cities of the world. This season however, was a colossal let down. Individually, there were some really nice looks (hayyyy Louise Gray, Peter Pilotto) but overall, everything just felt flat, mature and, worst of all, sensible. Tones were muted and hemlines were long, there were variations on themes that have been exhausted seasons before. Has London finally run out of ideas or has the eternally young London girl finally grown up for good? Here’s the best of a bad season:
Ooooh I do like a round-up.
Only the second ever men’s stand-alone fashion week, over 60 designers showed at London Collections: Mens this week, including Alexander McQueen in her first return to London since the move to Paris in 2010.
But does menswear really need it’s own fashion week? In a word, yes. Over the past decade, menswear has gone from being somewhat of an underdog in the fashion market as a whole, to having an estimated worth in 2011 of £9.9 BILLION, and represents 50% of the luxury apparel market.
Dylan Jones, GQ editor and Chair of the Menswear Committee said of LC:M, “The inaugural men’s week was far more successful than any of us anticipated. […] LC:M has already contributed to the changing perception of menswear in this country”
With collections from over 60 designers this week, here’s my pick of the best.
A LA DISPOSITION
Check back tomorrow for my final picks from London Collections: Men. In the mean time, check out the tumblr http://www.hobbyandinterest.tumblr.com for more images!