Fashion Month has nearly arrived, with London Fashion Week Men’s 2018 serving as a strong precursor. The sheer range of looks at first glance is overwhelming to the senses, if not visually striking. Yet, as each show weaved together in recollection and in print, a pattern emerges softly on the horizon. In few words: Utility and practicality juxtaposed by reimagined household prints. In a few more: Tie Dye, Camouflage, textural and asymmetric accessories; namely buckled body suspenders, large vinyl pockets, and sharp lines.
Read on for a closer look at two of our favorite collections from LFWM.
“It’s about escaping life, going to Noel’s house party and the adventures of kids’ coloring books.” — Liam Hodges on LFWM 2018
At Kent & Curwen, owned by David Beckham and designed by Daniel Kearns, an exhibition by photographer Perry Ogden – the photographer behind the 1999 book Pony Kids – served as their show, as opposed to the traditional catwalk. The exhibition utilized primarily street-cast models, (a phenomenon seen enter the mainstream quicker to Europe than the U.S.) and features Army surplus and streetwear-inspired garments.
“This season’s collection explores the use of graphics across different textile media to create a contrast of texture and sense of richness. Looking at artisanal craft techniques and how these are still relevant to the future of contemporary fashion grounds, this season’s mood has a tactile context.” — Edward Crutchley on LFWM 2018
At Band of Outsider, models ice skated to choreographed dance routines at Somerset House. Inspired by snow-capped mountains, pieces were named after iconic ski resorts worldwide, like Verbier and Aspen. A focus on contrasts keeps this collection fresh, wool knitwear juxtaposes effortless tailoring as thoughtful lines formalize tracksuits.