London, with its famous Savile Row of bespoke menswear tailoring, has notoriously been the capital of menswear fashion design and construction for over a century.
Designer and founder of Henry Poole & Co., Henry Poole, opened his tailoring studio on Savile Row in 1846. Poole is credited as being to creator of the legendary fashion staple, the dinner jacket or tuxedo. Since that time the famous area, and thereby London, itself have become a capital for fine tailoring menswear and kept this title through the decades.
Britain as a whole has played important part in originating mainstay items in the international language of menswear. According to the British Fashion Council, “bondage trousers, the bowler hat, brogues, the dandy, the floral shirt, the great coat/riding coat, the three piece suit, the trench coat, tweed and tartan, and the Wellington boot have all been identified as the ten iconic styles that originated in Britain.”
The Council goes on to say that “these ten British inventions seal the UK’s reputation as the global origin of men’s fashion.” So it’s of no surprise that every year over 70 British and internation menswear designers participate in the menswear showcase known as London Collections Men.
London Collections Men is a menswear fashion week that emphasizes established brands and emerging talent in their vast variety of perspectives. This rich cultural landscape of design certainly informs fashion in all sectors, including womenswear fashion week, which is on the horizon already.
Dylan Jones, Editor GQ & Chair of the Menswear Committee explains, “LCM has already become a staple of the menswear calendar, and is a fabulous way to kick off the season. We have all been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the project, and the scale and ambition of all the many designers who are now showing here is incredibly infectious. To those of you who have yet to come to LCM, all I can say is: come on in, the water’s lovely!”
The artistic nature of the menswear collections and intricate details in the design of each piece is always such an inspiring part about viewing collections specifically aimed at men. Often, menswear collections seem to have subtle power in their consideration. This season, subtly seemed to loose its luster and designer veered towards stunning, statement, and design that was derivative of sub genres.
Scroll through our slideshow below to see some of the most compelling looks from the London Collections Men or #LCM!