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17 posts tagged "London Collections: Men"

EXCLUSIVE: MAN Announces Its Spring ’15 Lineup

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MANBelieve it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about the Spring ’15 collections. The menswear shows kick off in London on June 15, and this season, Topman and Fashion East’s MAN initiative will continue its support of up-and-coming talents by offering three emerging designers the chance to send their collections down the runway. For Spring ’15, MAN alum Bobby Abley (left), whose quirky, quintessentially British looks have been worn by M.I.A, A$AP Rocky, and Azealia Banks, will be joined by two fresh faces: Nicomede Talavera and Liam Hodges. The former is a Central Saint Martins grad who’s already amassed an impressive group of stockists since his Fall ’14 debut at Fashion East. The latter, another Fashion East alum, aims to explore a new, democratic breed of luxury, and counts Drake among his fans. “MAN really does continue to nurture new talent,” Topman’s Gordon Richardson told Style.com. “With 26 designers graduating to date, it continues to provide the future of menswear with the aspiring young talent that may prosper and grow into the big stars of the future.” Considering that the likes of J.W. Anderson, Craig Green, Agi & Sam, and Astrid Andersen all got their menswear starts on the MAN stage, we look forward to seeing what Spring’s promising trio turns out during the show on June 15.

Photo: IndigitalImages.com

Newgen Men’s Two New Talents

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Craig Green Fall '14This June during the London Collections: Men Spring ’15 shows, emerging designers Alex Mullins and Craig Green (whose Fall ’14 range is pictured, left) will debut their latest lineups with the support of Newgen Men. In addition to Green and Mullins, the initiative, backed by Topman, will continue to sponsor eight other returning menswear designers, including Agi & Sam, Kit Neale, and Astrid Andersen. “It is an incredible honor to be part of Newgen Men,” Green said. “The support is an incredibly valuable tool in allowing me to progress my business, for which I am very grateful.” The London men’s shows will kick off on June 15.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/ IndigitalImages.com

Armistice, Italian Style

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Ky;ie Minogue

Yesterday’s storm in London was, perhaps, an apt metaphor for the turbulent scheduling kerfuffle between the London Collections: Men, which began today, and Pitti Uomo in Florence. But last night’s party at the Dolce & Gabbana store on Bond Street, which kicked off the LC:M festivities and marked the debut of the brand’s 2014 Pre-Fall tailoring collection, served as somewhat of a welcomed armistice. The evening was an elegant affair nicely demonstrating Anglo-Italian diplomacy—all the kids played nice.

Though Dolce & Gabbana are presenting their men’s runway show on Saturday in Milan, this party was their tip of the hat to what Stefano Gabbana recently called “one of his favorite places,” as well as a recognition of their deep respect for Savile Row tailoring. Storm or no storm, the shop was jam-packed with friends of the house—including cohosts Kylie Minogue and ballet dancer Roberto Bolle—and all were treated to a moving performance by violinist virtuoso Charlie Siem. To demonstrate their idea of “La Bella Italia,” Dolce & Gabbana brought in replicas of Italian architectural treasures that are close to the designers’ hearts. Standout pieces like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, and La Valle dei Templi di Agrigento were artfully placed throughout the shop.

Dolce & Gabbana Pre-Fall

LC:M chair Dylan Jones, David Gandy, Thom Browne, James Rousseau, Thom Morell, Marvin Humes, and Jack Guinness were among the dapper gents who dropped by. But funnily enough, it was Ms. Minogue who showed the most enthusiasm for the upcoming men’s collections. Before she dashed off into the pelting rain, she offered, “I absolutely love to see how men are dressed and all the innovation that takes place during London’s men’s fashion week—it is all so exciting.”

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

London and Florence Throw Down in a Sartorial Bro Brawl

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Burberry Menswear Spring/Summer 2014

Launched in June 2012, the London Collections: Men, which now kicks off the menswear season, has definitely made the fashion calendar a little tight (and consequently ruffled some old-establishment feathers along the way). However, it’s an important platform for the city’s wealth of menswear talent (both up-and-coming and established), who were previously made to present the day after the women’s shows—or simply in a different city. (Burberry, for instance, returned to its native London last season after a long history of showing in Milan.) But, according to WWD, the platform is getting some pushback from its Italian counterpart. This season, LC:M, which begins on January 6, overlaps two days with Florence’s Pitti Uomo, thus forcing buyers and editors to choose the shows, events, and presentations in one city over the other. “We haven’t reached any agreement [on dates],” said British GQ editor Dylan Jones, who serves as the chair of LC:M. “As far as I’m concerned, we’ve offered so many olive branches. [The Italian organizers] seem to be intransigent and don’t appear to be particularly interested in working with London, so we’re just going to go ahead.” Which metropolis will emerge victorious? Tune in this January to see how it all turns out.

Photo: Dave M. Benett / Getty Images

Let’s Hear It for the Boys: Fashion East Announces Its Menswear Lineup

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Nicomede Talavera SS14 Look 1It’s that time of year again…no, we’re not talking about holiday cheer and cozy family get-togethers. We’re referring to the menswear collections, which will kick off in London on January 6. Today, Lulu Kennedy’s young designer platform Fashion East announced its Fall ’14 men’s lineup, which will feature returning talents Liam Hodges and Tom Ryling, as well as newcomers including jeweler Roxanne Farahmand, shirt-maker Massimo Casagrande, and Nicomede Talavera (left), a Central Saint Martins graduate who will present his ready-to-wear collection with the initiative. And this season the menswear platform, which was founded in 2012, will have a little extra kick, thanks to a new collaboration with Red Bull Catwalk Studio. Given the jet lag, sleepless nights, and general feeling of exhaustion that tend to accompany fashion weeks, we hope the sponsorship means complementary energy drinks.