London Collections Men Day 4: The Roundup
It’s the fourth and last day of London Collections Men and the designers are taking inspiration from previous decades of style and problem sub-cultures of the 50s and 90s to create contemporary fashion with an edge. Katie Eary took to the BFC Show Space today to present her looks for Spring/Summer 2017. The designer drew inspiration from the novel “The Blade Artist” by Irvine Welshes, sequel to “Transporting”, for the collection. Her muse was the dark and deranged protagonist by the name of Begbie. Tracing his style through the 90s to present, all the clothes were made to resemble the fashion of the decade and the character’s own evolution of style since. The sea was an important point of reference for the clothing with the most prevalent pattern being a repetition of the Barracudas fish. Featuring lots of stripes in various shades of ocean blue and salmon. The venue, decorated with buoys, nets and crab cages, was in keeping with the theme also. I’m sure if we were familiar with the book it would all make a lot more sense. Thanks to Gucci’s Alessandro Michele we are having a moment in fashion where effeminacy for men is the “new punk”. Although this look first appeared at the SS16 show last year, Coach have continued the trend in their SS17 collection. Models were styled like 50s American Rock ‘n’ Rollers and British Teddy Boys. Both of which were sub-cultures that represented troublesome teens in the golden age of western society and provides an interesting subject matter to work from. Leather was the staple of the show with models wearing jackets, trousers and bags all made from the versatile material in red and black. Embellished with floral prints and metal studs, the two juxtaposed together are almost contradictory, but work seamlessly in this “new punk” era of menswear.