26 February 2009

And for the London Fashion Week finale: the boys!

LFW came to an end yesterday, but not before the boys got a look in, with a day dedicated to menswear. So come winter (again) we know that the ladies will be wearing velvet, biker jackets, grunge, massive shoulders and structured minis, but what about the boys? Well, at the Topman MAN show – where young design talent showed their A/W ’09 collections to the FROW who's who of menswear, including Sir Philip Green, the director of Calvin Klein and every menswear journalist – Christopher Shannon, James Long, JW Anderson, all had very different ideas about the winter trends...

For James Long it was all about the drama of knitwear and tighter-than-tight trousers/long johns, in a cream, red, beige and mustard palette. The details were intricate and beautiful, but we aren't sure if we would walk down the street with someone wearing them (call us design prudes if you like).

JW Anderson gave the boys maxiskirts, copper suiting, distressed knits, trompe l'oile and light little slip-ons. But lordy lord, he put male model star Will Chalker in teeny tiny briefs and a polo neck. Well, it would be rude not to.

Finally, Christopher Shannon showed a witty collection with a nod to ‘rude boys' in their heavily monogrammed jeans and shirts, and took sportswear to a new luxe level – yes, we're sure that you have heard about luxe sportswear millions of times, but the finishings and sophisticated colour palette shown by Shannon is in a new league. As in womenswear for S/S, colour-blocking is a big trend in menswear for A/W. There are pieces in this collection that we would happily steal off a man's back and wear with opaques and a heel. You've been warned, boys...


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