Menswear Day – London Fashion Week 2011
Clothes you might not pop to the shops in, but can turn to for fash-spiration….
After a bit of London Fashion Week air-kissing and sweet talking, He-Who-Observes did some sneak peaking for the Average Joe at the MAN Show. Findings maybe too out there for the high street honey, but He-Who-Observes will de-construct and advise you fashion forward, not back.
Taking place in the jaw dropper Covent Garden Opera House, the men mingled in fur, sunglasses, 3 piece suits and man-bags. Sounds OTT? That’s fashion week. One Tweeter claimed the shows to be more like a high class gentleman’s club than a fashion show! One man sat in front of He-Who-Observes sported a fluro pink Barnett, how this is fashion forward I am yet (or ever) to discover…
Up first saw the ‘New Power Studio’. Animal prints and oversized t-shirts sat with tongue in cheek head dresses. Detachable quilted hoods were teamed with tiger prints with flashes of creams, charcoals and salmons. When you think it couldn’t go further off the wall, an eight year old tike is sent down the runway in a bear suit (bo-selecta!!) complete with incense head gear, NSPCC were waiting in the wings, along with the BFG.
Now for the style decode. Yes this collection is out there, but from this we can observe the colour palette (leave the salmon in the oven if you wish) but take the puffa jacket and the detachable hoods with t-shirts, and maybe try an animal print…just not on your boxers.
Following this, Felipe Rojas Llanos softened the tone of the whole show with a clean, minimal and striking collection. This was all about the silhouette and the mixture of fabrics. The colour palette consisted of blacks, turquoises and reds. This was very CK Calvin Klein and elements of the collection were extremely wearable. Key things to note were the accentuation of the back sections, and the use of pleats.
To bring this down for the Average Joe, use the colour palette, He-Who-Observes has seen a block colour trend in womenswear, which undoubtedly means it will filter to menswear. You will be able to find garments with a touch of a pleat or something interesting in the back detail I am sure. The shoes (unable to photograph) were heavy boots with flashes of red, or simple clean cut black loafers. Llanos works closely with Topman so expect to see a few simplified pieces on your highstreet next Winter.
Martine Rose delivered the final collection thrust metallics and patterns full throttle. He-Who-Observes clocked Jesus style thorn crowns on the model’s heads and angelic style vests. The main part of this collection was the warping of the silhouette. Jumpers were cropped and shoulders were big and wide. This is a collection for the slimmer male, if you love your beer; steer clear of the cropped jumper. The wearable parts of this for all though were the mix of the fabrics on the garments. The sleeves on jackets featured blue fleece o ntop of grey thick felt to deliver warmth and texture. The majority of colours were very tonal, so think soft browns and khakis.
Easily done, just learn to de-construct the sometimes fluffy designs from the industry. Clean lines and a decent palette. That’s it.
A big thank you to He-Who-Observes for this great piece and being our averageontheground at London Fashion Week. We hope he will of course come back, in the meantime give him a shout on twitter – @julesvonhep.