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Get Ready for London Collections: Men

Get Ready for London Collections: Men

By: Zak Maoui

This weekend sees the arrival of the AW15 collections as London Collections: Men reaches its eighth season and further cements itself as a leading fashion industry event. The four day fashion showcase will take place in two main locations in Central London: Victoria House and the new addition to the roster that is 180 Strand, which has been favoured as a hotspot for fashion exhibitions such as the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition towards the end of 2015. Victoria House will now house two floors worth of designer showrooms, whereas it had previously only housed a number of designers’ collections. The building will be the home to Emerging, Contemporary and Accessories Designers as well as continuing its role as one of the BFC show spaces. On the Saturday and Sunday, the busiest days for LC:M, 180 Strand will open its doors and it too will house a BFC show space for the first time.

This weekend sees the arrival of the AW15 collections as London Collections: Men reaches its eighth season and further cements itself as a leading fashion industry event. The four day fashion showcase will take place in two main locations in Central London: Victoria House and the new addition to the roster that is 180 Strand, which has been favoured as a hotspot for fashion exhibitions such as the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition towards the end of 2015. Victoria House will now house two floors worth of designer showrooms, whereas it had previously only housed a number of designers’ collections. The building will be the home to Emerging, Contemporary and Accessories Designers as well as continuing its role as one of the BFC show spaces. On the Saturday and Sunday, the busiest days for LC:M, 180 Strand will open its doors and it too will house a BFC show space for the first time.

LC:M will invite press, buyers, editors and fashion’s biggest names to witness the AW16 collections first-hand, with the schedule looking busier than ever. Topman Design will open the event on Friday as usual and will be followed by the likes of Burberry, Christopher Raeburn, Agi and Sam, James Long, Dunhill, Margaret Howell, Alexander McQueen, Moschino and Sean Suen to name but a few of this January’s designers. The event will be a mixture of presentations and runway shows, each utilised by the designer to showcase their designs in the best way possible. The biannual event will celebrate the best in creative and commercial fashion and further highlights the evolving menswear industry. NEWGEN MEN is a notable highlight to the LC:M schedule and, sponsored by TOPMAN, it will support the newest in emerging menswear talent. This year Liam Hodges will join the previous NEWGEN supported designers such as Bobby Abley, Astrid Andersen, Craig Green, Cottweiler and Alex Mullins. Established in 2009 NEWGEN has seen and supported the rise of many of Britain’s breakthrough designers including J.W. Anderson, Christopher Shannon and Sibling. 

So what can we expect to see this weekend by means of the AW16 fashion trends? Well one thing that is for certain is that outerwear will play a huge role. Utilitarian and work wear references will no doubt be prevalent, with further influences coming from army trenches coats, military bombers and utility jackets. 2015 saw a rise in interest in the male silhouette, with baggy shirts and wide legged trousers playing up to nostalgic ‘80s and ‘90s vibes. Oversized coats, ponchos, Harrington jackets and puffas will no doubt all be shown, with retro references ever evident.

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