After a brilliant pre-LCM show from Joshua Kane Bespoke (and an after party to match) it was time start London Collections: Men in proper fashion. I threw on my bright red Moschino sweater and a large hat to try and disguise my raging hangover and we were off!
First show of the season was Topman Design and what a bloody show to begin with. I was in pure ecstasy watching endless amounts of tall, young skinny creatures adorning large tartan suits and big oversized fur coats. It was a bizarre nostalgia trip with models sporting what looked like bowling shoes, western shirts, boiler suits and a whole lot of attitude while the video screen played some sort of acid trip not too dissimilar to The Beatles’ more “experimental” days. The video beautifully transitioned into different colours and shapes which complimented (or dare I say clashed) with the collection nicely. It was perfection watching Topman boldly and brashly capture a spectrum of cult clothing and key trends of yesteryear, from the punk movement to the mod scene and with teddy boy fit coats and all the charm of Marlon Brando in the film The Wild One. And Oh The music! With the song Crazy Horses being blasted out with such ferocity it was clear to see why everyone was bobbing there heads and tapping their feet and thinking about ‘the good old days’ of the seventies.
You can find my other mini reviews from London Collections: Men on the Atlas Magazine website.
I found this image from my “Urban Youth” series which was part of the “I LOVE…” project at Falmouth University.
This image was influenced by 90s Vogue campaigns with a contemporary “Trash-Youth” overtake.
I wanted this image to look like an old magazine ad with the washed out colours, styling and the Japanese text which very much focuses on how youth culture is influenced by past fashions and finding ways to interpret and reboot them to fit the current generation and fashion trends.
Photography + Styling: Harry J Bartlett
Model: Olivia Keane
Make-Up: Tom Selmon
Assistant: Liam Fuller
Styling Assistant: Rhian Israel
Also, a big thank you to festivalspecs.com for kindly gifting me some of their brilliant sunglasses to use for this editorial.