Dressing like the boys is beyond a trend – these days who doesn’t own a pair of boyfriends and brogues? While our womenswear designers get plenty of the fashion spotlight, when it comes to menswear these Isles have had a major impact on the way the world’s manfolk dress and thus deserve a bit more attention. From Savile Row to punk, British fashion design has colonised the rest of the planet. With fashion’s great and good descending on the capital for London Collections: Men next week our thoughts have turned to the super influential world of men’s style.
Of course, the Brits have had a huge impact abroad - so much so that last year, the British Fashion Council commissioned a V&A study on the origins of men’s style. Written by men's fashion history expert, Keren Protheroe, a PHD alumnus of the History of Fashion course at the Royal College of Art, the study charts innovations in men's sartorial style all the way back to 1526.
London Collections: Men, 6th-8th January 2014
Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, commented: ‘From the cobbled streets of London to rural Scotland the study celebrates the artistry, skill and excellence that make Britain the natural birthplace of menswear; a legacy that has never waned but instead goes from strength to strength, just look at the British designer brands and emerging talent showcased at London Collections: Men’.
So what are these mythical icons of men's fashion? Click through the gallery above to see the top ten styles us Brits have given the world.