Men’s fashion weeks are achieving exponential growth, with London’s edition, officially titled London Collections: Men, is becoming one of the most exciting fashion events in the design calendar. Giving notoriety to Britain’s up and coming talent, London Collections: Men sees pioneering designers such as Nasir Mazhar and Craig Green rubbing shoulders with soties houses like Burberyy and Alexander McQueen. This year’s edition kicks off today, read on to find out 5 designers you have to check out:
Craig Green is a London based designer that reached the public eye after being nominated for Design Museum’s, Design of the Year 2013 award, and appearing in the London Collections’ earlier editions. Known for leaving his editors and show viewers with tears in their eyes, Craig Green has become recognized as one of the country’s most talented young fashion designers, with plenty of more abstract and layered lines expected in the near future.
Cottweiler are Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty. The duo, set on taking over the concept of streetwear in a unique and British way, have gained an influential fan base, with the likes of Skepta and FKA twigs. Influenced by sports-wear, and 90’s cuts, Cottweiler apply their very own twist by exploring with cutting edge fabrics and rugged detail work.
Influenced by the UK’s extensive sub-cultures, and underground scene, Nasir Mazhar pulls off an edgy take on street wear. This year, the young designer is expected to continue his line of excitable and flamboyant pieces.
Astrid Andersen is known for his line of luxury streetwear designs, which has seen a serious military and sporting influence, with a slight feminine touch. This year, the Danish designer’s show is expected to be followed by THE party of the week, with appearances from Hudson Mohawk, and Boy Better Know’s DJ Maximum and A$AP Ferg.
Fellow Danish designer Silas Adler, the man behind Soulland, is another exciting young talent to keep and eye out for, with his previous collections becoming known for their playfulness, yet heavy spirit, inspired by the DIY skate scene. The Danish skate aficionado has a strong perception of the contemporary wardrobe’s needs, making his designs more versatile, yet within their own aesthetic.
Burberry’s sub label Prorsum is maintains a solid British feel, yet with an incredibly ostentatious take on the male wardrobe, resorting to rugged cuts and colours. Definitely an attraction to keep and eye out for.
Probably the most established label to appear at this year’s show, Alexander McQueen is expected to reveal more of Sarah Burton’s heavily tailored pieces, influenced by an urban military theme.
London Collections: Men has become widely recognized as the main event within the pioneering line of fashion weeks, leading to the creation of other similar events in fashion capitals, with New York’s first ever edition kicking off this July. This year’s edition of the London show has great expectations which are almost guaranteed to be met, with every year full of surprises and stunning moments.