London Men’s F/W 13 Runway Highlights
By Samuel Trotman

Last week, the Men’s runway shows took over London, and we chose three of the best presentations for denim inspiration.

Jan 14, 2013
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Last week London was taken over by the Men’s runway shows. We chose three of the best shows for denim inspiration:

Astrid Andersen

This Danish born RCA graduate has been making waves in the U.K. since her graduate collection in 2010. She splits her time between Copenhagen and London and has become known for her high-end Men’s streetwear attitude. The show featured upsized denim classics such as a fur trimmed vest, an elongated shirt, and baggy pant silhouettes, all created in dark and raw denim. The denim pieces were complemented with punches of high-color metallic and satin separates, creating a strong 90s sportswear aesthetic. The star of the show was an oversized denim coverall with trucker jacket styling.

Martine Rose

Known for her theatrical presentations, Martine Rose delivered her Men’s F/W 13 collection in a unique manner at Covent Garden’s Hospital Club. This season Rose drew inspiration from the Rasta communities of British Commonwealth Jamaica, merging the street styles of Kingston and London. Once again, the London-based designer looked to denim to translate her gritty aesthetic, juxtaposing slashed and patched denim jackets against slick leather pants and hooded jackets made from old beer mats. An always intriguing play with proportions and layering gave traditional items a new feel, with cropped and boxy takes on the trucker and ultra-voluminous pants.

Christopher Shannon

A regular on the London fashion circuit, Christopher Shannon’s F/W 13 collection was hailed by many critics as his most accomplished show to date. Entitled “Obsessive, Compulsive, Re-order”, Shannon’s sixth collection was a part of NEWGEN MEN and took inspiration from the documentaries profiling hoarders and obsessive compulsives. But while this theme conjures images of chaotic clutter, Shannon stayed true to his signature sportswear style, interpreting the chaos through clever plays on color and fabric-blocked looks. Denim was mainly showcased through an assortment of jeans that included gaffer tape-inspired sports stripes, cut-and-shut panelling, and contrast cuffs. Tones and textures fluctuated from vibrant 90s stonewashes to industrial gunmetal shades through to ultra-glossy, leather-like resin treatments. Another highlight of the show was the designer’s first tentative dip into womenswear — a female take on Shannon’s go-to designs has been long awaited.

To view the full London Men’s collections, as well as the upcoming cities, head over to Stylesight’s Runway: Quick Look  or Runway Daily Chronicles for up-to-the-minute collection reviews.


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