Trends to take home from London Collections: Men A/W 2015

(Published in Instep, The News on 25th January, 2015)

Paris and Milan fashion circles may be replete with mammoth names like Gucci, Prada and Corneliani but fashion and style runs way deeper among the Brits and is not only limited to red carpet glitz and runway showmanship.

The best thing about British fashion sensibility is its adaptability and street value; style is something that comes naturally to Brits and is discernibly distinctive, effortless and devoid of gimmicks. It is no surprise that some of the most fashion forward menswear high street brands (ASOS, River Island and Topshop to name a few) and celebrated menswear icons (David Gandy, Oliver Cheshire, Eddie Redmayne and Colin Firth) hail from good old England. Brits are undoubtedly mavens when it comes to street style and it is for this primacy that their bi-annual menswear showcase London Collections: Men is the most cutting edge and fashion forward stop in the menswear fashion week European circle that takes off from London and ends in Paris.

One could write endlessly about the fashion on display at LC:M A/W 2015 but there were certain palpable trends in the four day showcase that could be identified by their malleability and relevance with our local fashion climate.

And since our menswear style game is still run-off-the-mill and average at best parting few exceptions, here are a few trends from the London runway that are do-able, gel well with the social norm and will definitely give you an edge over rest of the straight fit-jeans and hoodie wearing crowd.

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Best Dressed of the Month – June

I skipped the Best Dressed of the Month feature last month because unfortunately there weren’t many looks worth writing about and it’s better to wait for good content than doing a half assed job.
But this was the month of Men’s Fashion Week in London, Pitti Uomo &Β Paris and there was a flurry of amazing looks that deserve a mention. Let’s have a look.

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Shoe Galore at London Collections:Men Spring/Summer 2015

 

I love the British fashion industry. They are creative, they take business seriously, they respect the established and nourish the newbies. Infact, no industry encourages and nourishes the young designer lot and infant brands as much as British fashion industry does specially British Fashion Council.

And their London Collections: Men initiative churn out one amazing collection after another every season and Spring/Summer 2015 season was no different. Shoes in particular were at there full glory. Last season, it was Louis Leeman who swept me off my feet with it’s vibrant shoes collection. This season has witnessed arrival of many more dedicated menswear shoe collections. Have a look and lust away.

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