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London Collections: Men Spring-Summer 2017

London welcomed London Collections: Men on 10th-13th June where many fashion uncovered their collection for the Spring-Summer 2017 season. We were lucky to attend some of the presentations and catwalks to discover the new designs where art, philosophy, nice fabrics and avant-garde designs collided. Here are some of them.

 

PHOEBE ENGLISH

This was their first men’s presentation and the third collection all made in the UK.

With a focus on form, fabric and finishing, this product-based collection includes long shirt dresses for men as well as soft cotton joggers and detailed shirting. Outerwear includes smart minimal coats, a play on bomber jackets and hooded smock tops in grey striped linens, dusty blue-grey hues, brushed cottons and crisp white shirting. As with the previous collections, a mindfulness of functionality over decoration runs throughout.

UNIVERSAL WORKS

Universal Works presented “Revolution”, a stop motion animation to showcase their Spring Summer 17 collection. Universal Works commissioned Nottingham based artist Allan Buxton to create a film representing the themes of revolution, colour and movement.

The stop-motion film captured Universal Works’ exploration of mid-century Cuba, revolution, the influence of the anti-establishment Beat movement in the USA, and the graphic design work of Saul Bass. All of which have inspired their new spring summer 17 collection. “Revolution” is the end result of a collaborative project that combines animation, installation and fashion shows.

 

MATTHEW MILLER

Matthew Miller has a design philosophy that positions fashion as a product, just like ceramics or furniture, balancing simple manufacturing values with an artist’s approach to his craft.

“I never saw beauty as being something that was a physical object. I fundamentally see beauty as being a moment in time, a fleeting feeling, a scar, a memory, an experience, a sense of freedom.” – Matthew Miller

 

YMC OKORO COLLECTION

After 20 years at the forefront of British fashion, Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins continue to push boundaries through their YMC British brand. ‘Okoro’, celebrates the influx of African art that permeated British culture in the late 60s through to the early 80s. From the groundbreaking photography of Malick Sidibé, who documented how Western fashions influenced African teenagers, to the Ethiopian Funk 45s and Cameroonian synth tracks that made an indelible mark on British music, ‘Okoro’ celebrates the cross-pollination of cultural artifacts between Britain and Africa.

 

ADVANI

Advani London collection is based on the by the significance of the marigold as a symbol of welcoming, novelty, and travel in Indian culture.  The brand mixes London and Bombay dress codes to create a fresh and insouciant style.

Inspired by Creative Director, Abhishek Advani’s Grandfather, K.U. Adani, a private banker to aristocracy in both London and Bombay, he was known for welcoming dignitaries in garlands that were abundant in fresh marigolds. The use of Indian fabrics has been key to bringing the Marigold concept to life combined with the continued use of the finest British and Italian fabrics with rich colours of the marigold; orange, burnt orange and dark red. The collaboration of cultures has been continued with craftsmanship and design details.

 

SONGZIO

South Korean designer, SONGZIO brought his namesake designs through his ‘Ocean’ collection. Inspired by his own artworks, this SS17 collection marks the first time in a decade that the designer has premiered his work outside of Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Hues of ultra blue, aquamarine, and compose blue define this year’s colour palette with layering and a mix of soft and structured silhouettes staying true to SONGZIO’s modernist aesthetic.

 

 

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Crystal Deroche with Naomi Harris wearing a Songzio outfit

We also saw some nice Streetstyles:

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