Jun 7, 2015
London gets ready for fashion week
Jun 7, 2015
It is just a matter of days until the fashion world focuses its lens on the UK capital, where the Spring / Summer 2016 collections will be unveiled at London Collections: Men (LCM).
The event is the chance for the city, a teeming hub of design talent, to tap into its creative veins and show the world what it's got -- which is usually innovation in spades. Last year's shows saw Paul Smith replace models with acrobats, who presented his sharp-tailored Fall 2015 collection while simultaneously flipping themselves over gymnastic vaults and breakdancing on the furniture. Tom Ford let the cameras into his studio for the first time, Sankuanz sent his models down the runway in sequinned pink jackets and Burberry Prorsum brought fringed shawls into the mix.
The event showcases both the creative and commercial potential of established and up-and-coming UK designers, with the British Fashion Council emphasizing "the breadth of British fashion talent, from the world's most innovative emerging talents to global menswear brands and Savile Row tailors." Half of the designers and creative directors of brands showing on schedule studied in London, with almost 20 per cent alumni of the famous Central Saint Martins.
This summer's edition opens with high-street leader Topman Design and closes with Lathbridge, Patrick Cox's new venture specializing in shoes and leather goods. Craig Green, Thomas Pink, Christopher Raeburn, Belstaff, Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane are just some of the designers who will take over the city's coolest venues over the course of the long weekend. Tommy Hilfiger will also be present at the show for the first time, despite also showing at New York Fashion Week: Men's later in the season.
There will be plenty of action away from the catwalk, too, with Superdry unveiling its new collaboration with Idris Elba, Cottweiler and Nasir Mazhar revealing setting up pop-up showrooms, Dsquared2 celebrating its 20th anniversary and rock and roll icon Liam Gallagher presenting the new collection for his brand Pretty Green.
London Collections: Men will run June 12 - 15.
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