London Collections Men Spring/Summer 2016 – Top 10 Denim Looks

London kicked off the Spring/Summer 2016 Men’s Fashion Week season last week with a full 5 day schedule packed with tons of indigo inspiration. Denim is always a guarantee on the catwalks of London Collections: Men and this season proved no different with many of the local labels, both established and emerging designers using jeanswear in new and exciting ways for summer. Here we round up our top 10 denim looks from the shows:

1. Topman Design- Topman delivers a collection with a Northern Soul aesthetic while drawing inspiration from a range of decades on silhouettes and details. Solid black and raw stark denims provide the perfect canvas for badges, patches and studs mirroring punk aesthetics while pleated wide-leg voluminous pant silhouettes styled with jersey turtlenecks mingle with a sophisticated yet funky-soul vibe.

2. James Long-Bohemian mixed in with a festive touch is the key message at James Long’s show. Cropped jeans in vibrant violet tie-dyes add in a 90s appeal, chevron patched denim jackets in varieties of vintage inspired indigo hues lends itself to a true 70s vintage styling.

3. Christopher Shannon- Modern sportswear at a 90s Marbella foam party lends inspiration to Christopher’s latest S/S 16 collection. Trousers and shorts in exaggerated –voluminous fits offer a contemporary 90s appeal to Shannon’s collection with clean, barely washed denims as a fabric of choice.

4. Craig Green- Controlled evolution of Craig Green’s aesthetic is firmly established as a mix of Japanese workwear with ceremonial robe styling is present at his S/S 16 show.
Lots of soft layering of relaxed bottoms with kimono inspired jackets with straps as a method of fastening mirror Japanese culture styling.

5. J.W. Anderson- Futuristic space theme is defined through patches and graphics with “orbital” and “flight” callouts in bold colours that pop against fluid raw denims. Eastern inspired silhouettes are visible through kimono shaped jackets with sash-belts, while multi-pleated trousers with wide turn-ups offer a nod to 70s styling.

6. Grace Wales Bonner – Central Saint Martins graduate presented her second outing with Fashion East, this season continuing her exploration and investigation of black diaspora. Like her F/W 15 collection, a strong 70s theme was felt throughout most of the collection with elegant takes on retro black style, but the denim had a much more 50s style with pristine raw denim jackets and deadstock style workers pants with stark white contrast topstitching.

7. CMMN SWDN-for S/S 16 CMMN stages what seems as a retro school photograph with a casual contemporary 50s schoolboy twist. Cropped truckers, trousers and bermuda shorts are kept very basic in design and detail with emphasis in construction.


8. E Tautz- Voluminous high-waist jean and chino silhouettes in sleek, raw, barely washed denims are present at E Tautz for a retro tailored-cool look reminiscent of the early 50s schoolboys.

9. YMC- Modern oriental-style workwear aesthetic is seen through collarless shirts and chore jackets in subtle jacquard patterns paired with side-stripe tapered trousers. Boiler suits in clean lightweight denim add a utilitarian aspect.

10. Alex Mullins- With an Central Saint martins BA and Royal College of Art MA under his belt, its no wonder British menswear designer Alex Mullins is making waves in the London men’s scene. Now three seasons into LC:M the young designer presents more of his signature contemporary takes on denim and workwear with oversized silhouettes worked over with spray painted details.




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