January 06, 2014

MAN/LCM/ So it begins!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! MAN and LCM are launching their AW14 collections and so far SO AMAZING.

"For those of you that don't know, MAN is an initiative started by Topman and Fashion East (the non-profit organisation established by Lulu Kennedy MBE and the Old Truman Brewery in 2000). MAN spearheaded London Fashion Week’s menswear schedule in 2005 and proudly champions emerging menswear talent. Designers are selected by a panel of buyers, stylists and journalists including Nicola Formichetti, Charlie Porter and Tim Blanks. Each season these young designers receive a bursary, catwalk show-production, PR support and expert advice to help them launch their labels."... check out more on the LFW Website.

This year MAN spotlights Alan Taylor, Bobby Abley, and Craig Green. J.W. Anderson, Christopher Shannon, and James long are a few alumni of MAN that you may have already heard of.

On with the show(s), 


BOBBY ABLEY


Disney died and came back from the dead to haunt me in the form of the sexiest soul-sucking men ever.  EVER. Is it just me or are those silver dental-torture devices sexy or is it just me? ...Just me? okay. Anyways, appreciating the use of texture, silhouette (graphically and physically), and major tongue in cheek Disney references. See more after the jump!




TOPMAN DESIGN


Topman Design SS14 I'm still trying to get on board with, but AW14, I've already paddled 21KMs ahead of the fashion ferry. Gothic Fisherman Cowbows? In the rain? Yes please. 
Hinting slightly at the shows old-school-3D-glasses colour story with their invites, 


other things worth noting were TMD's use of intricate knits (not really shown in these pictures but do yourself a favour and look it up), and their general willingness to use alternative materials (not to mention they made it rain at the end of the show!). Especially excited to see what becomes of the fisherman-knit sweater with the beading.... and that cropped biker/bomber jacket. Helllooo work discount! 


CHRISTOPHER KANE




Christopher Kane's on a sci-fi roll. From the B&W movie monsters to the high-tech wireframes (that Saul calls the "Boom Boom Pow" collection), CK zooms in further and explores the building blocks of matter itself. Molecules and atoms are printed, knitted, and embossed throughout the AW collection, with the colour story mostly at black with a couple bold sweaters and some carefully placed printed pieces. Speaking of which I've definitely got my eye on that oversized molecule t-shirt.