London Collections Men Day 3: The Roundup
The third day of London Collections Men shows us the very best of the industry. These designers make the craft look so effortless and allow clothes to be exciting, transforming those who wear them. This is what fashion is all about. J.W. Anderson never fails to impress and his SS17 collection is no exception. Plenty of colour was used to full effect by colour blocking, accompanied by abstract repeat patterns. These were paired with greys and blacks to bring out the vibrancy of the colour while neutralising some of the more extreme looks making them more accessible. Lengthy and billowing fabrics were an important feature to the showcase, as some shirts extended into dresses and had a breezy summer flow. The looks, however, remained masculine, which is a difficult thing to achieve. J.W. Anderson presents a stunning visual display of fashion at its finest. Christopher Shannon focuses on denim at his SS17 show, taking the Canadian Tux to the extreme and turning our ideas of the casual fabric on its head. Denim of all different shades were mixed, matched and layered and were both left slim and let loose. The experimentation did not stop there, however, with Shannon leaving panels of denim absent from the jackets to show the bare chested models beneath. Others displayed ripping that ventured away from the conventional wear and tear of the knees. The jeans were cut up and worn as leg warmers or leggings under denim shorts with hundreds of belt loops re-sewn on to give the denim an almost furry effect. The fabric was even bundled up and worn on the head in some ways resembling the bucket hat. In any case, the collection must be seen to be truly appreciated.