Everything you need to know from this season’s edition of London Fashion Week Men’s, including daily buyer interviews and all the key collections.
The January 2017 edition of London Fashion Week Men’s drew to a successful close yesterday. It hosted a number of standout collections and was home to a positive atmosphere despite the bad weather, which was topped off by strike action from London Underground staff crippling public transport and causing traffic turmoil on the final day.
The busy schedule packed in a bumper amount of catwalk shows, presentations and exhibitors at the London Fashion Week Men’s showrooms at 180 The Strand, and while the overall mood was upbeat, there was a calmer air to this season’s events.
However, buyers were out in force across the four days. Teams from the UK’s biggest retailers, including Mr Porter, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges were spotted alongside retailers as varied as pureplay etailer Oki Ni, high street store Urban Outfitters, and independents such as Manchester’s Hervia. Internationally, representatives from US department store Bergdorf Goodman, Italy’s Antonioli, Germany’s Voo Store and Harvey Nichols Hong Kong, among others, were also in attendance.
“This season, it has been really upbeat,” said Matchesfashion.com’s head of menswear Damien Paul. “The shows have all been very busy and I have seen all the key retailers and media represented.”
Browns buying manager Dean Cook agreed, saying the mood was “good” and “turnout seemed strong”. He added: “Every season we look forward to seeing the established heritage brands as well as the emerging home-grown talent [at London Fashion Week Men’s]. It’s this mix that makes London’s fashion industry so unique and inspiring.”
Vivienne Westwood brought its menswear collection back to London as one of the headline shows this season, but buyers also singled out brands including Craig Green, Oliver Spencer, JW Anderson and Wales Bonner as highlights.
The schedule delivered plenty of creativity and newness, including London debuts from John Lawrence Sullivan and rapper Tinie Tempah’s new brand What We Wear. Off the official schedule, Martine Rose and A Cold Wall also presented two of the buzziest shows of the season.
See Drapers’ top picks and buyers comments from across the four days below.