Women’s fashion, has been written about, spoken and showcased since centuries. There are fashion weeks all over the globe dedicated to women’s fashion. But how many of us recollect talking about the men’s fashion. Faintly. It is definitely one of those areas of fashion that is slowly but steadily picking up. One of the biggest evidence of the growing popularity and fashion sense amongst men is the newly introduced full-fledged 3-day Men’s Fashion Week in London.
Men’s fashion week was prevalent in Milan and Paris, and finally this year Britain decided it was time to showcase the British men’s fashion full throttle. So far, London fashion week used to be a 3 day affair for the women’s fashion and the last day was crammed with men’s fashion; that left very little time and a tiny space for the men. A lot of British talent, when it came to men’s designers, were seen moving out of the country considering the tiny scope of growth. Hence, keeping the increasing awareness of fashion amongst men, and giving and an expanded time and space to the men’s designers. The 1st men’s London fashion week was announced to be taking place soon after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and in time before the Olympics 2012.
The fashion week finally commenced on the 15th of June till the 17th of June and was launched by none other than Prince Charles. Few of the best British designers presented their new men’s collection for Spring 2013 over 50 shows. It was a mesh of funky and sophisticated. The show included Collections by the famous Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders.
Other iconic British brands that showcased their collection were Topman, Hackett, Dunhill, Burberry, Margaret Howell and Belstaff.
Topman showcased an extraordinary collection of embellished silk shirts, bold prints, sharp edge suits, shorts and jackets.
Bomber jackets were a major hit on the runway, and it’s a trend that is here to stay for sure. Designer Richard Nicoll incorporated them in his collection along side paisley trousers, striped shirts and wearable knitwear.
Jonathan Saunders had a mix of techy bombers, bold colored knitwear in a double-breasted tailoring and graphic stripes. These looked wearable and very appealing.
JW Anderson went all out with a vibrant opening to the show with a bright yellow shirt fastened at the back, matching polo necks worn with boot-cut flares. He had his models walk down the runway with black headscarves and glitter fringes. It wasn’t something that you would spot on the streets of London on a given day, however it was totally attention grabbing and definitely high fashion.