Brazen: And the Beautiful

By Jo Phillips

AgiSam AW13Image Credit: Agi & Sam AW13

In the late 00’s it was big news for the trend pages to feature a spot of paisley or an over-sized Prince of Wales check on the runway. How very exciting. Fast forward to 2013 and the world of menswear has developed towards – dare it be said – more unorthodox fashions and our eyes are fixed on London. It’s been big news recently to welcome back power-house labels including Burberry Prorsum and Alexander McQueen to show their collections on native soil, but by no means does this over-shadow the younger [and often more original] designers on the schedule. In our eyes, out of the four fashion capitals, London offers designers an almost unlimited freedom of expression and it’s a great privilege to see a real sense of bold creativity from emerging talent.

For Autumn/Winter 13 there were a few designers that we highlighted at the London Collections: Men shows who really just went for it. Agi & Sam took the classic paisley print and gave it a new lease of life on bright fabrics and really proved that prints and patterns are a big deal this season. In the same league we have Katie Eary who is known for her abstract prints and for this season it’s bright blown out florals with more pink than the average man can handle. Now these don’t sound like your usual menswear collections but this is certainly what can be regarded as among the most exciting.

Katie-Eary-AW13Image credit: Katie Eary AW13

Other notable collections came from K-T-Z who again went wild with print and statement fringing; Sibling who are known for their bold knitwear designs and then Craig Green who infused a bit of DIY inspiration into his collection. We could go on but let us just whet your appetite and encourage you to discover more of London’s offering. Seeing the sartorial royalty of Savile Row on the same schedule as these trendsetting youngsters doesn’t go down well with everyone but that’s precisely what this city is all about. Creativity, individuality and audacity next to luxury, heritage and contemporary fashions – you simply cannot beat this melting pot of ingenuity.

Craig GreenImage credit: Craig Green AW13