At London Collections: Men, There Were Plenty of Looks Us Ladies Wouldn't Mind Adding to Our Closets
This week may be all about the men in London, but we've actually seen some pretty rad chicks storming the shows at Moschino and MAN. For those of you who don't know (aka me until recently), London Collections: Men, or LC:M, happens biannually, spans four days, and showcases the latest trends in menswear for Autumn/Winter 2015. This year, LC:M ran from January 9th to the 12th.
The shows kicked off with John Galliano's surprisingly timed womenswear collection, his first for Maison Martin Margiela. Shows presented include Belstaff, Burberry Prorsum, Alexander McQueen, Topman design, and one of my favorites, Opening Ceremony. London is street style heaven right now, with fashion week attendees showing off get ups that'll have designers running for their money.
There were definitely some undeniable trends — a throwback to the '70s, and lots and lots of shearling. This warm material lined jackets, coats, and blazers alike, making it a must-have for the Fall/Winter season. We thank you, fashion Gods, for giving us a trend that's actually practical.
While some designers aimed to shock, mainly Moschino's playful prints, oversized silhouettes, and metallic details, there are definitely a few key pieces from this season that we'd love to steal from our male counterparts. Why, oh why can't these be made for women as well? A girl can dream.
1. Christopher Kane
Take Christopher Kane's collection, for example. His geometric, clean designs on sporty sweatshirts and tailored trousers created an eye catching contrast that I couldn't get enough of. These little patterns could even be found on his leather gloves and scarves, paying precise attention to detail. Kane's pieces are perfect for both work and play, a way of dressing that's slowly becoming one.
2. Burberry Prorsum
Burberry Prorsum is having a serious pattern moment, mixing prints like paisley and cheetah, and camo with their signature tartan decal. Chief Executive and Head Designer Christopher Bailey named the show "Clasically Bohemian," and it was evident in his classic silhouettes mixed with fringe, tied scarves, and killer accessories. I don't want to say I'd give up my left arm for the emerald crocodile tote... but I might. I loved the oversized scarves, which honestly, has become a necessity in this chilly city. And the shearling lined jackets? Both practical and effortlessly chic.
If I could storm my grandfather's closet, I would dive right in and get forever lost. Grandma and grandpa chic have been trending for some time, but can anyone really do it better than John Ray for Dunhill? Inspiration for this current collection came from Soho in the '50s and '60s, where refined casual reigned supreme. And the collection featured pajama sets. Stepping out to walk the dog or run to the deli never looked so good. Suspenders, cuffed trousers, chunky socks, and half-tucked ties all made for an unkempt, yet refined attitude.
4. Matthew Miller
It's always surprising to see a female model at a menswear show, but we're definitely beaming about it. Matthew Miller showcased some pieces that we wanted to borrow from, well, the girls. Titled "Resistant," Miller's collection was made entirely of flame-retardant materials and stuck to a simple color palette of whites, blacks, grays, reds, and hints of nude. Boxy fits and shift tops lined with fringe allowed for a comfortable and structured look, perfect for those mornings when you've eaten a wheel of cheese and a bread basket the night before.
Thank you, LC:M, for doubling our fashion wants and needs. I'll take one of each, please.