Before we move on to Milan Men’s Fashion Week, let’s recap some of the most exciting things that took place in London during its Men’s Fashion Week. A couple of designers made their political angst clear on the catwalk especially with no resolution to Brexit in sight at the moment in the UK. But for most, it was a three-day celebration of colours as a gesture of hope and optimism during a time clouded with shades of grey.
The main highlight was obviously Alexander McQueen, which made its return to the London runway after many seasons. Creative director Sarah Burton chose to showcase her Spring/Summer 2020 collection in the English surrounds of Charterhouse, a 14th century complex near its headquarters, presenting a total of 31 looks that resonated with the Fall/Winter 2019 women’s collection showcased in Paris earlier this year.
Traditional tailoring techniques were given an inventive spin in McQueen’s latest repertoire. Heritage fabrics largely sourced from the mills in Northern England were also reinterpreted in various silhouettes from double-layered jackets to wooden pleated half-shirts layered over ankle-skimming pants, a favourite of the late fashion designer himself in the 1990s.
There seemed to also be a strong dialogue now between men’s and women’s fashion with next-gen talents taking over the fashion scene with their own codes of aesthetics. A significant shift from the grunge and goth of British fashion, these upcoming fashion designers are showing how it’s done with a fresh yet unapologetic sensibility to menswear. Take a look at these upcoming menswear designers who are turning the pages of fashion, from London to the world. (Featured image: Jason Lloyd-Evans)