London Collections: Men kicks off the global fashion calendar today and will showcase some of the world’s most innovative emerging designers, international menswear brands and traditional heritage tailoring.
Running from today, Friday 9th, until Monday 12th the Autumn/Winter 2015 Ready-To-Wear designer’s collections will be shown at The Hospital Club while The Victoria House will show the Accessories designers and there will also be a BFC Show Space at the Old Sorting Office.
“LC: M has already become a staple of the menswear calendar, and is a fabulous way to kick off the season. We have all been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the project, and the scale and ambition of all the many designers who are now showing here is incredibly infectious. To those of you who have yet to come to LC: M, all I can say is: come on in, the water’s lovely!“
- Dylan Jones, Editor GQ & Chair of the Menswear Committee
The London Collections : Men event celebrates the creativity and commercial importance of British brands and emerging talent as well as the rich cultural landscape that contributes to the inspiration and success of this sector. All events on the schedule are designed to showcase the breadth of British fashion talent, from the world’s most innovative emerging talents to global menswear brands and Savile Row tailors.
“The tradition of British menswear goes back a long way – to the eighteenth century dandy, and beyond – and it’s come through lots of twists and turns on the way. The influences have been many: the British navy; the textile industry; and the music scene.”
Glenn Adamson, Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
On the show’s schedule will be returning global brands Alexander McQueen, Burburry Prorsum, Margaret Howell, Moschino, Paul Smith, Tom Ford and TOPMAN with returning brands – Belstaff, CP Company, Manolo Blahnik, Savile Row, St James’s & Woolmark and Thomas Pink.
New names this year include Alex Mattsson, Aquascutum Men’s, Barbour, Coach, Kilgour, MR PORTER presents Kingsman, Nigel Cabourn, Private White V.C., Several, Soulland, Todd Lynn and Universal Works with Dunhill, Hardy Amies, Maharishi and Pringle of Scotland presenting as catwalk shows for the first time.
Christopher Shannon, winner of the BFC / GQ Designer Menswear Fund sponsored by Vertu, will show his AW15 collection at 6pm on Friday 9th January.
NEWGEN MEN sponsored by TOPMAN for AW15 includes Agi & Sam, Alex Mullins, Astrid Andersen, CMMN SWDN, Craig Green, Diego Vanassibara, Kit Neale, Lee Roach, Nasir Mazhar and Vidur.
A NEWGEN MEN pop-up showroom will take place at Victoria House each day as a dedicated opportunity for the designers to host press and sales appointments.
AW15’s designer line-up will feature five hand-picked designers in an unmissable group exhibition: Alan Crocetti jewellery designer returns for his second season. Edward Crutchley textile specialist and consultant for Louis Vuitton returns for his second season Grace Wales Bonner ready-to-wear newcomer fresh from Central St Martins. Marques’Almeida British Fashion Award winning womenswear duo present their menswear with Fashion East for the third time Roxanne Farahmand contemporary men’s accessories and jewellery returns after her AW14 debut.
MAN, the joint initiative between TOPMAN and Fashion East returns to the catwalk on Friday 9th January at the TOPMAN Show Space at the Old Sorting Office.
Liam Hodges and Nicomede Talavera return for the second season and are joined by newcomer Rory Parnell-Mooney.
Fashion East will host the Californian-born British-trained menswear designer Shaun Samson’s catwalk show and also through its installations will showcase five of the most exciting up-and-coming menswear talents:
Alan Crocetti, Edward Crutchley, Graces Wales Bonner, Marques’ Almeida and Roxanne Farahmand.
The British Fashion Council, which was set up in 1983 to promote British fashion internationally and through fashion weeks, exhibitions and showcasing events, now supports designers from graduate college level to business support and showcasing schemes to help British designer businesses develop their profiles and business globally and promote British fashion and its influential role in Creative Britain and Creative London.
The UK menswear market grew by 18% between 2008 and 2013 to reach £12.9 billion in 2013 with sales up almost 5% in the last year; clothing retailers have increasingly turned their attention to menswear.
Mintel forecasts that the men’s fashion market will grow by 27% between 2013 and 2018 to reach £16.4 billion while online sales show a significant increase in the proportion of men shopping for fashion online in the last year, jumping 13 percentage points to 65% of men in 2013.
Since 2013 sales of online fashion in the UK have increased by an impressive 14.5% to reach £10.7 billion in 2014 (Mintel, 2014)
Highlights on the events schedule include Superdry’s salon presentation which includes a 9 metre long high res LED screen using 50,000 pixels, 500 logs, 60 lightbulbs and 1 moose head;
International Woolmark Prize Menswear Final and the BFC Fashion Film Screening in association with River Island & GQ Style.
You can find the BFC on their website and social networks via:
@BFC | #LCM
For more details on the venues visit their page HERE
London Collections: Men, January 2015 is supported by official Sponsors Fudge, GQ, The Hospital Club, Lavazza Coffee, Penhaligon’s, Mercedes-Benz, Radisson Blu Edwardian London, Swatch, TOPMAN, The Woolmark Company, Official Suppliers Fashion Monitor, Rightster, Warsteiner.