The first day of the spring 16 edition of London Collections: Men got underway today, with an inaugural speech from LCM chair Dylan Jones and an opening catwalk show from Topman Design.
“It is with pleasure we welcome you to the home of menswear as we celebrate the seventh edition of London Collections: Men,” he said.
“The growth of London Collections is set to continue, reflecting the UK and international menswear sector, which is currently growing faster than womenswear.”
Jones continued to reel off a list of impressive statistics, including the fact that sales of men’s clothing in the UK have risen by 22% over the last five years, totalling £13.5bn in 2014, and are predicted by market research firm Mintel to reach £14.1bn this year.
He also highlighted a growth in international attendance. Since the first London Collections: Men in 2012, the number of Chinese press and buyers has increased 185%, followed by Europeans outside the UK, up 91%, and then US attendees, up 81%.
In total, 77 designers are included in the schedule, with a further 68 designers appearing at the Designer Showrooms.
At the show for Topman Design, the retailer’s directional premium menswear collection, the packed venue included celebrity guests such as Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, as well as Topman’s chief operating officer David Shepherd.
The collection focused on a northern-soul-meets-surfer-punk look, with oversized pleat-front chinos, patched denim and leather jackets, striped loose and unlined tailored suits and retro sportswear-inspired overhead anoraks in soft ice cream colours.
Other highlight shows from the first day of London Collections: Men include emerging talent Craig Green, designer Christopher Shannon and the 10th anniversary show from young design support scheme Man.
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