Kimono - c/o Rokit Vintage, Roll Neck - H&M, Trousers - c/o Rokit Vintage, Belt - Topshop, Shoes - Monster Shoes, Hat - Boohoo, Backpack - c/o Rokit Vintage
Day 3 of LCM was one of my busier days for me. I had a few different presentation and show tickets, and then had to work in the evening to set up the Joseph LCM presentation. This outfit was based around the grey high waisted trousers that were very kindly given to me by Rokit vintage. The cropped length meant I knew immediately that I wanted to wear my Monster shoes sandals with them. I also knew that at some point during LCM I wanted to rock the kimono again, so I paired the black kimono I won from Rokit a while back with a plain black roll neck. My new boohoo fedora completed the look, along with the backpack I also won from Rokit in their streetstyle competition. I think this outfit was a success as it was the one that seems to have gotten me photographed the most! You can check out the photos in my Street Style section above. My day started at 10:30, with the Several presentation, held in the Rook and Raven Gallery just off Oxford Street. The focus of the collection was formula one racing gear of the mid-sixties and early seventies. Taking notes from the stylish attire borne from function, Several took the masculine, mod-ish look of the period and made it relevant to the current day man. Personally I found the collection a bit on the boring side, but I liked the way it had been presented with the models standing on race-track markings, referencing the inspiration for the collection. Decide for yourself below.
After that, I headed over to the Old Sorting Office for the YMC show. Staying true to YMC's intrinsic style, the Spring/Summer collection brought together an eclectic colour palette, combined with fabric innovations and classic silhouettes. Soft tailoring was key to the collection, with longline shirts, boiler suits and oriental workwear presented in navy and jade paired with soft sage and dusty blue. YMC's head of design, Fraser Moss, commented 'Because YMC's collections tend to be quite eclectic, SS16 has been very much about the art of creating coherence in a chaos of ideas'. Maybe this is an indicator as to why it is so hard to pin-point a strong inspiration or theme for the collection. Some really beautiful, wearable pieces, but very hard to say what the message of the collection was intended to be.
With some time to kill between shows, I visited the Designer showrooms, which I had been invited to by Mai Gidah, and Wan Hung Cheung. They were both situated in the Streetwear and Emerging Designers showroom of the Hospital Club. It was so nice to finally see some innovation in the clothing I was being presented with! I can't speak highly enough of all the designers showcased in this room. This was Wan Hung Cheung's first season at London Collections Men, and the collection took inspiration from both the Terracotta Army abd 1920's Art Deco Tailoring. Embellished Swarovski horse heads appear throughout the collection signifying the images moulded into the body armour worn by the Terracotta soldiers. Especially beautiful were the unusual pieces constructed entirely from long geometric tube-like beads, so different and innovative. Mai Gidah also presented a highly innovative menswear collection that focused on the minimizing of seams, allowing coats and trousers to be cut from only two pieces of fabric. Created from technical fabrics in vibrand colours, designer Alec urges us to mix it up with new shapes and hues. 'It's Summer, Let's Celebrate'
There were also many many other talented designers in the Streetwear and Emerging designer Showroom. ADYN presented yet another spot-on streetwear collection in all black that I want to be wearing right now. Beautiful chaos was the inspiration for Jun-Li's collection, with stunning tailoring slashed then put back together to create some really interesting details. Verena Schepperheyn had some really cool bauhaus inspired prints, and Studio_805 created a collection that 'people would want to wear'. One of my favourites was Bodybound, sending the business man to war in camoflage created from pinstipe suiting and prince of wales check. I could go on and on, but you can see a few of my favourite pieces below.
Finally I ended the day on a high, with the Ada+Nik presentation (and Ada herself complimenting me on my shoes!!). The Spring/Summer 16 collection, Syn, was presented in an 'immersive experience'. Upon entering the venue, you walked through a room with parts of the collection suspended from the ceiling, through into a large central space that had models standing or sitting on plynths, surrounded by black volcanic sand and rose petals. On the wall opposite was the Syn fashion film featuring actor Duran Fulton Brown delivering a poignant and poetic verse written by Ada+Nik with Yrsa Daley-Ward and B.A.Zanditon. Channeling a cultural agenda and art driven creative vision, the 60 piece collection features luxury leather bikers, a broad spectrum of summer separates and lightweight tech enhanced outerwear. Syn, meaning 'co' or 'with' in Greek, is symbolic of the Ada+Nik iconic plus sign, and symbolized the positive outlook on the dystopian future they presented. By far my favorite menswear collection of LCM so far, Ada+Nik create the clothes I want to live in. Check it out for yourself below.