Highlights From London Fashion Week Men’s Day 2

Highlights From London Fashion Week Men’s Day 2

London Fashion Week Men’s has arrived. Here are our top picks from the second day, featuring Omar Afridi, Xander Zhou, Astrid Anderson and COTTWEILER.

Omar Afridi

With function and utility at its core, Omar Afridi takes on menswear with a mixture of progressive and traditional. Materials that boast durability are sourced from some of the world’s most established mills and makers to create a feeling of contemporary quality. This AW19 presentation was an understated spectacle, with performances artists and models intertwined so that it felt like you were stepping into the life of a tribe. Buckets of water and men folding cloth made for a serene environment that embodied the paired back collection. Large painted canvases lay on the floor echoing the earthy colours which were seen in the jackets worn by models and scarecrows alike. Simplicity was the key, and creases were celebrated on all white looks along with raw hems and bare feet. The combination of this with natural materials gives the impression that the colours were picked from their surroundings.

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Xander Zhou

Zhou takes inspiration from his Asian roots and explores Asian virtual community culture, where science and technology are celebrated. There is an element of fantasy in his work where he looks at the future of humanity, and how technology lives amongst people. For his AW19 collection, the pieces were something to behold. From flippers to surgical face masks, this show was inspired by the notion of technological augmentations, so models ranging from yetis to fish walked down the runway. A multitude of fabrics were used throughout the collection including nylon, PVC, fleece and leather, which were embellished with textual graphics and silicone badges. Many looks were accessorised with knee braces and ankle guards to give the impression of human enhancement. This show gave us an insight into the future of evolution and the possibilities of the human race. It was a fantasy world depicted in menswear. How can you dip into this trend? It’s time to think outside of the box. Make yourself look out of this world.

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Astrid Anderson

Founded in 2011, Astrid Andersen fuses luxury and sportswear together with contrasting materials to give luxe sportswear a unique edge. In her AW19 collection, Astrid juxtaposed tradition with comfort through her use of materials. The familiar combination of lace and fur remains a staple for Astrid Andersen, but new elements have been introduced such as hand painting to give a feeling of freedom. Deep reds, blues and oranges made up the colour palette which appeared on mac jackets, hoodies, shirts, kimonos and jersey. This was a celebration of casualwear staples for the modern generation. Set outside under a roof of greenery the setting was serene to match the beautiful collection that was shown.

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The founders of Cottweiler, Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty, design menswear that focuses on exquisite tailoring to create sportswear that is for the modern man. From 2012 the brand has continued to achieve great success and this show was no exception. On the 12 floors of an underground car park, the runway was in darkness with only 2 London urinals sitting on the catwalk. At the start of the show, the lights come on and water starts shooting out the of the urinals. The show begins. Challenging the traditional masculine dress code, golf bags and stereotypical golf attire came down the runway, along with moss green printed silk. This was smart sportswear. The colour palette was made up of different shades of green and blue to give a masculine feel, but with a contemporary and evolving feel to the menswear collection. Layering was a feature in this show, with smart and casual coming together. Soft shell jackets were styled with sleek trousers to give a new approach to sportswear. This was a modern take on traditional expectations and we loved it.

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