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The first weekend of January 2019 kicked off Men’s London Fashion Week with a series of trends that continued to dominate the shows in Milan and Paris. Lakshmi Sreedhar gives us the low-down on these key trends and how they’re playing out on runways around the world.
London Fashion Week always has so much to offer, it can be hard to pick out the highlights. Here are a few moments that stood out however, most notably for their ability to start a conversation and use fashion as a platform for change. The use of plastic was one such theme and there were many other politicised moments this year. Here are the things you don’t want to miss…
With firm roots in Britain, Belstaff’s collection showcased several leather-inspired looks, keeping up with the Brexit political scene. In spite of the creative director, Sean Lehnhardt-Moore, being away from Britain for almost 15 years, he seems to have made a great comeback. As he told Elle, “that everyone aspires to be: an independent soul with an adventurous spirit and a love of travel inside and outside of the city.” This could be seen in his collection featuring jackets, coats, knitwear, detachable collars and double-faced khaki waterproof trench coats.
Let’s just say Charles Jeffrey Loverboy is a true lover of theatrics. For the Fall 2019 show called “ Darling Little Sillies” which took place on the banks of River Thames, the theme was a combination of Peter-Pan and a 1920’s cabaret. Chandeliers, actors, bathtubs, tartan suits, jewelled coats and sweaters were seen on the runway.
Craig Green’s show featured an array of plastic in different shades, with a toxic masculinity to accompany the outfits. Worth mentions include, Liam Hodges’ “Mutations in the 4thDimension” show which saw geometric elements and focused on dystopia, showcasing the unique tie-dyed pieces. Other collections like A-COLD-WALL by Samuel Ross and the tech-savvy extravaganza by Paria Farzaneh, stood out.
It’s not only in London, however, that fashion week seems to have hit a new high. Here’s my take on the memorable moments in Milan…
Moving onto Milan Fashion Week, Ermenegildo Zegna opened the men’s show at an incredible venue- Milan’s most popular train station, Milano Centrale. Alessandro Sartori, Zegna's artistic director included fabrics like cashmere, suede, nylon and wool. MSGM’s Massimo Giorgetti chose bold shades like red, orange and intermittently balanced it with mute colours like pink and white.
Unlike last year’s final London Fashion Week show, Billionare’s AW19 show was far from animal-free. With a collection featuring mink, crocodiles and silk accompanied by the picturesque setting of the Palazzo del Santo. Jumpsuits, trousers, pants and bathrobes- whilst using animal’s for aesthetics can never be condoned, the show itself was impressive! Let’s hope we see more in the future- without the animal cruelty.
Fendi’s show mirrored Lagerfeld with dual mixed half-and-half outfits like jackets and sportswear. The final show in the Milanese calendar was Sartorial Monk whose show featured Italian silhouettes and introduced a fine style of a jacket with a hood- joodie.
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