London Collections Men: The highlights
As London Collections Men (LCM) came to a close yesterday, we highlight our favourite collections to watch come S/S16.
Coach’s first men’s runway show combined 60′s psychedelic nostalgia with 90′s New York hip hop in a collection that is very much of the moment. ”Kennedy boys meet Beach Boys meet Beastie Boys,” explained Stuart Vevers, the brand’s creative director. The few girls on the skate-park runway wore sized-down simulacra destined for sale at Opening Ceremony too, should your missus be inspired by this cool collection.
2. House of Holland
British designer Henry Holland launched his eagerly-awaited first menswear collection in a presentation space in the underground car park of Selfridges. Photographer Martin Parr worked collaboratively with Holland on the collection and its ‘Lads, Lovers, Legends’ theme. Bright colours and humourous logos on sportswear-inspired pieces were the backbone of his impressive, debut collection that was very much recognizably Holland but in a fresh, new way.
Tommy Hilfiger has long been a supporter of LCM, and typically presents his latest Tailored collections in London every season. For S/S16, the U.S designer focused around an ‘island hopping’ theme with easy-to-wear suits in high-performance fabrics aimed at the urban gentleman.
Always a LCM highlight, Christopher Bailey’s ‘Straight Laced’ S/S16 collection was focused around lace, but done in a decidedly, dapper way. Slim suits, sometimes with drawstrings for a more relaxed approach, and short-sleeved, ruffle-fronted shirts added texture to this masculine collection. Even the mac’s had lace-trim on the collars, while giraffe and zebra animal print also ran throughout the strong collection from the British designer.