London Collections: MEN, one of the male fashion industry’s biggest events of the year, kicked off yesterday with collections from Astrid Andersen, Hentsch Man, MAN, Lou Dalton and Topman. Even after one day, common themes are emerging for spring/summer 2015: a strong sporty influence in many of the collections, some 70s-inspired, pastel-coloured tailoring and lighter tones like salmon, pink and coral.
Breaking the vice-like grip which the skinny, mod-style suit has held over the fashion industry of late, Topman sent a number of unusual, pastel designs down the catwalk, including some with flared legs, heavy double-breasted jackets and refreshing colours like lilac, mint and plum. Designer Lou Dalton also flirted with spring-appropriate tones, including this salmon jacket and pale pink shirt (above right).
Hentsch Man introduced an equally colourful collection, drawing on Central and South American themes: floral prints, panama hats and chinos. As for suiting, the collection featured light, casual, cotton suits in colours like aqua, pink and pale mint. What to take away from the first day of London Collections? Whereas this spring (2014) has been about bold, bright colours, next spring and summer will lean toward paler notes: pastels and summer neutrals. Have fun preparing with A Suit That Fits.