Over the course of the weekend, international designers showcased their latest collections at London Fashion Week Men’s SS19. The collections were all brimming with innovation as the line-up saw a host of new names and exciting new talent. As for street wear style, this year’s fashion week was outstanding and we particularly loved some of the modern eyewear on show.
LFWM is organised by the British Fashion Council and their new ambassadorial president David Beckham was sighted at many of the runways during the weekend. Beckham was brought on board last month to promote the British fashion industry around the world and he’s started his work immediately. One of the unmissable shows Beckham sat front row for was Kent & Curwens – the British heritage label of which Beckham is a brand partner. The collection was a collaboration with indie band, The Stone Roses, and featured the bands artwork. Clothing was a blend of the laid-back 90s vibe, the band are known for, and then luxe tailoring of Kent & Kerwans. Wide bucket hats with badges, bootcut trousers in block colours, and vibrant stripey shirts were just a few of our favourite looks from the runway.
The talk of the weekend was without a doubt Xandr Zhou’s collection entitled “Supernatural, Extraterrestrial & Co.” Zhou’s idea sketched a map of of future humanity, merging the real and the ideal by creating a universe in which the characters in his collections can coexist and interconnect – whether they are humans, androids or aliens. In this universe, new boundaries of diversity were explored. One male model wore a fake bump on show, with jeans and white t-shirt reading “New World Baby.” Zhou took to Instagram to explain: “We’re prepared to welcome a future of male pregnancy.” Among his other elaborate and though-provoking designs were neon masks, capes, and a green raincoat with six sleeves arrange in a star formation. Zhou delivered futuristic fashion in its most creative form.
Ben Sherman was another designer to transport the audience to another time. Checks and candy stripes in muted tones were blended together in outfits that took us back to the 60s. Sherman’s collection is in collaboration with House of Holland and is the perfect blend of summery shades, relaxed fits and quirky patterns. Some of our top picks of Ben Sherman eyewear on the B Sunglasses site showcase these same muted colours that we loved in the summer collection at Fashion Week.
The preppy plastic sunglasses feature in a subtle brown with a vintage-inspired round frame shape and quirky keyhole detailing. They’re playful and stylish and would be perfect for lazing by the sea or dancing in the sun at a summer festival.
Oliver Spencer’s collection was a top choice for many this year, and as always he delivered a contemporary and sophisticated wardrobe. The Oliver Spencer label was founded in 2002 when Spencer decided he wanted to create something new: a range of clothing with all the quality and craft of premium tailoring, but with a relaxed modern style. The philosophy? Quality needn’t mean formality; casual needn’t mean careless. This season he didn’t disappoint, with immaculately tailor, intricately crafted clothes with a floaty finish. Linens, organic cottons, and mineral colours blended in a display of tailored jackets, shorts, and even a navy boiler suit to steal the show. Spencer’s eyewear included brown and Havana shades in classic, sophisticated styles. One model wore a pair of Havana clubmasters like these…
Another theme running through London Fashion Week this season was gender-fluidity. Vivienne Westwood’s models walked in huge layered dresses and brightly coloured hair. Edward Crutchley showcased Renaissance-style gowns, and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy’s show paid tribute to the struggles of the transgender community. Charles Jeffrey Loverboy has become a favourite at LFWM as is a rising star in the UK. In 2017, he won the British Emerging Talent prize at the Fashion Awards. Each show is brimming with life, love and being young and parting and with queerness.Charles Jeffrey Loverboy’s shows are spectacles in their own right but his clothes still make the rails of the world’s most exclusive department stores. Another highly-anticipated show was by “Man” – a project established in 2005 by Topman and Fashion East. The showspace of “Man” showcased evening dresses, mini-skirts and transsexual model Munroe Bergdorf strutted the catwalk in a pair of black boots and a t-shirt reading “High concept character.” This season has been futuristic in many ways, showing the audience a society more accepting of diversity and negating gender binaries.
Finally, the work of Daniel W. Fletcher has been soaring in popularity, since it’s establishment in 2015, so it’s no surprise that his new collection was a favourite of many.
Daniel produces deeply personal collections that explore his thoughts on current affairs and social issues, like his pro-Brexit collection back in 2016. Fletcher’s talent is in designing unique and creative clothing that is still completely easy to wear. Caramel leather trench coats, work trousers, and soft coloured shirts made up this season’s collection. Fletcher represented the hard-working business man in a luxurious and modern way.
As for streetwear this year, sunglasses and glasses were on point. Transparent frames, coloured lenses, and vintage round styles were seen on the most stylish in the London sun. Here’s a few of our favourite looks…
Ray-Ban are eyewear royalty and these yellow lenses are bang on trend this season.
Cazal’s quirky design have you feeling like the most stylish in any room; even on the streets of London during fashion week.
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