London Collections: Men - What To Look Out For

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The third London Collections Men – the capital’s new(ish) fashion week dedicated exclusively to menswear, is in full swing.

Full to bursting (trust us, we’re wondering when we’re going to fit in things like meals, and breathing) with shows, parties, presentations and dinners dedicated to showcasing the best menswear talent the capital has to offer, this summer’s LC:M started in earnest last night with Dolce & Gabbana’s Bond Street store opening, and is set to continue in equally heady style. Here’s the stuff we’re most looking forward to:

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The (big) boys are back in town
For all too long London was seen as the slightly silly cousin of the more grown up, solvent fashion weeks in Paris and Milan. In the space of three short seasons LC:M has done much to turn this notion on its head; not only supporting fantastic younger designers capable of producing perfectly saleable and internationally recognised collections, but also re-attracting major British brands that had previously defected overseas.

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This summer not only sees the return of Alexander McQueen (whose first London menswear show was held last season to international acclaim) and Tom Ford (who also presented last season) but also major shows from British brand Burberry Prorsum, New York mega-label Rag & Bone and a presentation from Paul Smith. It’s the thin end of the wedge, people.

Not so smalltime
Once dismissed as a bunch of feckless club kids pulling together outfits with not enough focus on tailoring and too much emphasis on gimmickry, the new generation of British designers has finally come of age.

From JW Anderson’s avant-garde approach to menswear, which last season saw him send beautifully considered knitwear and perfectly tailored trousers out onto the runway alongside some immaculate mini-dresses for men, to Baartmans & Seigel, whose understated approach to contemporary tailoring is always a highlight, to Oliver Spencer, who’s fabric-focused, work-wear-inspired tailoring is second to none – there’s something for everyone.  Oh and if your thing is technical, elegantly tailored sportswear be sure to seek out both Christopher Shannon and Christopher Raeburn.

Party!
Though there are plenty of parties to pick from, from Oliver Spencer’s shindig with Men’s Health at Liberty, to JW Anderson’s closing party, the only one we’re really looking forward to (naturally) is our own.

Kicking off tonight at super-exclusive Mayfair private member’s club 5 Hartford Street, the Esquire X Jimmy Choo opening party is the one everyone's clamouring for an invite to. Not least because Mark Ronson is dj-ing and the guestlist is hot enough to burn your fingers. Other weekend highlights include Tommy Hifliger’s private dinner on Monday night, Boris Johnson’s LC:M breakfast on Tuesday morning and Tom Ford’s grooming range launch on Tuesday night (remember what we said about finding time to breathe?).