Marking its sixth anniversary with a four-day line up (more time to make notes/down coffee/slip into the Topman pub), London Collections: Men tomorrow returns to the capital to announce AW15.
While The Independent’s Alexander Fury has already drafted perhaps the Tweet of the season – addressing designers with a soundtrack request for All-American Rejects’ ‘Swing Swing’, or something by the Spice Girls – either option we’d gladly applaud, ahead of kick off, here are five more situations the Clash team is ready to embrace...
Shaun Samson’s catwalk return: Following last season’s surprise appearance at the Fashion East Menswear Installations – a 24 hour operation according to Natasha Booth – and a season away from the schedule altogether (prior to that), the Californian’s salon show has all the makings of what one might call a ‘hot ticket’, hosted once again by Lulu’s crew.
Slam Jam Presents Martine Rose Produced by ##: Following her recent Ditto Press hook up, Rose this season partners the DJ and art collective ## (a.k.a. #BEENTRILL#) for a special capsule collection. Having perfected the art of the ‘static’ presentation long ago (a concept more in tune with Rose’s work than typical catwalk shows), we await Saturday’s launch with eager anticipation.
Grace Wales Bonner at Fashion East Menswear Installations: Described by Kennedy as a “radical new talent”, Bonner looks set to be a highlight of Fashion East’s latest presentation. The newbie of the bunch – which includes Alan Crocetti, Edward Crutchley, Roxanne Farahmand and Marques ‘ Almeida – Grace first impressed with her BA collection, which saw her pick up the L’Oreal Professionnel Designer of the Year Award.
Soulland’s British debut: Not new to the market, no, but the first time the Danish brand has made such an appearance at LC:M, yes. Silas Adler and Jacob Kampp Berliner‘s label will no doubt compliment both the Scandi and contemporary menswear vibes elsewhere instilled at the showcase via CMMN SWDN and YMC.
Astrid Andersen’s ‘It’s Lit Afterparty’: It’s wrong to reduce a label to its afterparty, yes, of course, completely, but to be excited for said party, well isn’t that what they’re for? If social media (and the invite and the line-up…) is anything to go by, Andersen’s has the credentials to rival the scenes of Nasir Mazhar’s SS15 Metropolis display. Hot.