Men’s fashion week tends to rack up less column inches than women’s but this season there were a lot of conversation starters. WGSN contributor Ella Kirby reports
Controversy is certainly not a new phenomenon to hit the catwalk. Designers have made their names with it. But this season saw men’s catwalk designers jump between subtly provocative and darn right wacky.
London: JW Anderson
With a reputation for the unexpected, JW Anderson’s AW16 collection didn’t fail to spark conversation at LCM. A pioneer for all things gender and sexuality, the designer streamed his collection live to the gay dating app Grindr. With chokers, satin pyjamas and leather tracksuits, the collaboration was almost too Zoolander to be true – but with the show reaching 7 million online users, it’s definitely Anderson having the last laugh.
Donald Trump made an appearance at Paris Fashion Week not in body, but we hope in spirit. French brand Avoc certainly made an entrance for their first showing at the event, sending models down the runway in latex masks of social media’s favourite ‘celeb we love to hate’. The designers explained that the theme for the collection was “Natural Born Pirates”. Ouch.
Milan: Ports 1961
The blur between art and fashion is much discussed and it played out on the catwalk in Milan with Sergei Polunin, the ‘bad boy’ of Russian ballet, twirling down the runway, followed by the heavy bombers and bulky tailoring of the collection.
New York: Public School
You’d be forgiven for thinking the coolest seat at a fashion show was on the FROW. This season Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, the designers behind Public School, gave their fans the first look at their new collection, not from the front row but from an exclusive catwalk window. Announcing their plans on Instagram, the designers released 50 tickets to fans for their show at The Whitney Museum. On arrival fans were given their access to the collection from an exclusive ticketed area that allowed the winners to see each item up close before it hit the runway.
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