ylan Jones – Man Behind London Collections: Men
To gaze across the collections adorning showrooms and catwalks bursting from the urban sprawl of London over the past couple of days, it’s clear to see the beauty of London Collections: Men is that it crosses so many stylistic tributaries on route to the river, it’s source cannot really be defined or pigeonholed.
From the avant garde Meadham Kirchkoff, the opulence and elegance of the Saville Row tailors who took us back to the dandification of the true English gent amongst the grandeur splendour of Spencer House, to the high-end yet accessible YMC, Oliver Spencer and Hentsch Man – who all put on shows that will have you praying for the onset of next winter – this year really has once again proved that menswear can be an integral part of the fashion calendar.
But is LC:M really reaching out to a wider audience? Is it broadening the minds of men who for so long have been trapped wearing ill-fitting suits, jeans that look like they were handed down by their father and t-shirts with slogans so horrendous their friends are ashamed to see them in? Or is it merely keeping those in the know in the cyclical loop; keeping the fashionistas schmoozing with a discreet peck on either cheek and the boundaries narrowed to the chosen few?