Day 1 of London Collections Men included some fabulous designs for SS15. Starting off was YMC who included slouchy, yet preppy, tailored clothing in mainly pastel colour’s. Next, Lou Dalton had a very minimal collection with a similar colour palette to YMC, but with outbursts of red and navy. The collection was very clean and featured short suits, collarless jackets and lengthened jackets. A big theme of this collection also included patches. On the other hand, Astrid Anderson stole the show with her hip-hop, sportswear meets Japan vibe and prints in her designs, mixed with bright hot pink and orange, in crushed velvets and mesh fabrics. Her collection included kimono jackets, paired with baggy jogging bottoms and was 90’s streetwear and basketball inspired.
Later on, Topman brought out some striking retro, old school- hipster styles, using lots of flare and vibrant colour within their outfits. The collection was 90’s Britpop and 70’s Woodstock inspired. The clothes included psychedelic prints, lots of layering and fringed suede jackets. There main colour palette included black, white and yellow.
Another big event of the day was the Hentsch Man ‘La Cantina’ collection, based on the story of a young man’s street life, drinking and smoking cigars, with a setting of washed out pastel coloured walls, synonymous with the back streets of Rio and Havana. The collection shows a trip through the depths of South American urban summers. The outfits included casual tailored suits, lightweight outerwear of sail jackets and macs, drawstring chino pants and formal shirts. A Tropical colour palette was used throughout as well as washed out aqua and pinks.
Matthew Miller’s collection however, clearly showed it was inspired by the traditional suit. The collection featured typical tailoring which was then reconstructed, including extended, oversized jackets, pinstriped patched waist coats and bold details, including monochrome patches and floral neck pieces.
Another great collection as the day went on was Christopher Raeburn. The collection was sporty and casual, with the use of colour’s, grey, white and khaki. Bold orange and black squares also featured over sweatshirts, tops and jackets as well as outerwear garments consisted of clean finished anorak’s and rucksacks.