2016 is barely a week old and for many people the return to the day job is yet to feel normal, neither of which fashion cares about, obvs.
Instead London – followed by Florence, Paris and the rest – is readying itself for four days of sartorial best in show, unofficially kicking off tomorrow morning with the second ever presentation from London College of Fashion’s menswear division.
Selected by a panel of prominent industry professionals – returning stylist Anders Sølvsten Thomsen, Selfridges’ Menswear Buying Director Bosse Myhr, Tempe Nakiska from Hero, Complex’s Daryoush Haj-Najafi and Sean Baker from Paul Smith – ten graduates from the college’s MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear course will initiate the MA16 season.
“I’ve been really impressed with how different and widespread the groups references and designs have been,” Sølvsten Thomsen – a mentor to students in the run up to show time (and on the day stylist) – tells Clash. “For example, Bethany Williams, whose collection is socially responsible and uses mainly recycled materials, Pakholee who is reinventing classic wardrobe pieces like the denim jacket, biker and mac.”
“Peng Chen has also put a lot of careful thought into shape and the importance that accessories can bring to a collection,” he continues. “Overall, the quality of the finishings and attention to detail for designers this early on in their career is very distinguished. I’m looking forward to seeing what they go on to do.”
As starts go, having your pieces debuted by a Louis Vuitton exclusive isn't a bad one: Madeleine Ostlie of AAMO casting brought brunette model Ross Stechman on board for Anders and Felix’s shoot, above, and yep, he’s already been tapped for Kim Jones. Watch this space.
The LCF MA Menswear show will be livestreamed here on Friday 8th January from 10:30 am.
Photography: Felix Cooper
Creative Direction: Anders Sølvsten Thomsen
Casting: Madeleine Ostlie