Day 2 of London Collections: MEN featured big-name collections from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Moschino, JW Anderson and Hackett London. Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s designer, introduced updates of classical tailored looks apparently inspired by Matisse’s cut-outs.
Taking traditional patterns such as the Prince of Wales check, birdseye and houndstooth, Burton wove them into unusual shapes and angles (see above). As for colours, the McQueen palate for spring/summer 2015 seems to be about black and white, whether separately or as part of a check.
Contrasting with Sarah Burton’s update of classic styles, Moschino’s collection featured heavy use of pop-culture iconography. Although it didn’t have too much to offer in the way of suiting, one piece may be of interest: this dollar-sign patterned black two-piece (above left). JW Anderson’s collection was more interesting from our perspective, especially these boxy, shawl-collared, spring jackets with their slashed pockets and high-cut bases.
Saving the best for last, I have to say that Hackett London’s extremely “British summertime” collection was superb. Bright, solid colours like green, red, orange and a lovely, traditional white/blue combination, were blended with traditional tailored styles like the double-breasted jacket. Brown linens and grey checks existed side by side with the occasional pastel or pink. A beautiful collection. In conclusion: next summer, think black and white check suits, double-breasted jackets, bright colours and a blue/white contrast (that’s a lot to be going on with!).