LC:M Day 4

LC:M Day 4

DON'T MISS ANY OF THE ACTION FROM LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN. GET THE SCOOP ON THE BEST SHOWS, TRENDS, AND MORE, BELOW

DON'T MISS ANY OF THE ACTION FROM LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN. GET THE SCOOP ON THE BEST SHOWS, TRENDS, AND MORE, BELOW

Text: Julian Antetomaso

JIMMY CHOO

A popular S/S ’16 theme appeared again at the Jimmy Choo presentation. The brand set up base at the Seymour Leisure Center and treated guests to a BMX show that featured bikers and skateboarders dressed in bright suits. The footwear on display around the indoor skate park echoed the performers. There were dressy lace ups with speckled with fluorescent drips and a few hybrids of brogues and sneakers. This collection is definitely ready to hit the streets.

FASHION EAST

Upstairs at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grace Wales Bonner presented a collection titled MALIK, which was based on Malik Amber, a boy from Ethiopia who went from a slave to a ruler in Western India. The presentation was spread across three rooms and truly felt like a performance piece. The real focus here was the life that Malik Amber created for himself, and all of the cultures that have come out of the African diaspora. The clothes were easy—the designer offered linen pants and shirts, silk scarves, which provided a feminine touch, crushed pearls, and Swarovski crystal embroidery.

Downstairs was a whole different story, or rather, party. Charles Jeffrey brought his club night LOVERBOY to the ICA. In the middle of the room on a raised platform was a DJ booth surrounded by Jeffrey’s crew. At first, it was difficult to tell who was there to model the clothes and who was there to vogue, though I soon realized that the attendees not dancing were, in fact, the models. Essential pieces such as a white shirt were given t-shirt sleeves and dropped pockets. Meanwhile, denim, which was referred to as “art denim”, was painted by Jeffrey after being sewn together. It was hard to not join the party onstage, especially when the cameras the dancers were holding turned on me, but Burberry was next, and that party always starts on time.

BURBERRY

The show began with a cover of Ultravox’s “Vienna” by the musician Rhodes whose strong but sensual voice paired well with the visions of lace that went down the runway. The use of lace in menswear has been a reoccurring trend throughout the past few seasons, but it was interesting to see Burberry really embrace the fabric—from the collar of a trench coat to a shirt and tie combo. Other stand out pieces included cashmere jogging pants paired with silk t-shirts and a puffer motorcycle jacket. Rhodes closed the show with “I Put a Spell on You,” and the audience was surely entranced by Christopher Bailey’s vision for spring.

BURBERRY

BURBERRY

BURBERRY

BURBERRY

Credits: PHOTOS COURTESY OF BURBERRY

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