It feels like only yesterday that we downed-tools on the Autumn/Winter 2015 issue of London Collections: Men, but hey, the fashion world moves very fast daaahling. So what have we got to look forward to this year?
1 Once Again, It’s Bigger Than Ever
Last season saw another day added to the schedule, and although we’re not up to five just yet, this season’s LCM is bigger than it’s ever been before. Just to get a feel for the sheer vastness of proceedings, here are a few stats: Over the course of weekend show-goers will get through 9000 (Kit Neale-designed) cups of coffee, 2500 bags of Proper Corn and 6500 bottles of lager. Most likely in that order, too.
2 It's A Genuine Spectacle
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again but despite still being in its infancy, London Collections: Men, the UK's biannual men's style showcase, attracts some of the biggest names in fashion. Burberry, McQueen, Paul Smith, Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo – all of which are showing their collections once again, and in turn, further cementing LCM’s place on the international fashion calendar. We can’t wait for all the above, but there’s one more global icon joining the fold this year...
3 ...Tommy Hilfiger
Yes, the American label has sashayed across the pond to grace us with its presence, and we can’t wait. The denim has been great for many years, and if you want a slice of quality Americana, you can’t really go wrong with Tommy. But we’re most intrigued with the suiting, which over the past few seasons has gone from strength to strength. Needless to say, we’ll be knocking at the door of the showroom at 10am on Sunday, cameras at the ready. For your sake, of course.
4 There Are New Names To Discover
Day one of LCM always plays host to MAN, a back-to-back pair of shows featuring work by Liam Hodges and Rory Parnell-Mooney – two emerging designers tipped for greatness. Other fresh faces include Tourne de Transmission, Berthold, and the new menswear line from House of Holland. We’re also looking forward to the return of Agi & Sam, Craig Green, Kit Neale and Baartman’s & Siegel. The latter’s show will be styled by none other than Esquire’s fashion director, Catherine Hayward (so you should see it), and if you’re interested, she’s tipping London-based designer Sebastiaan Pieter for the big time.
5 The People-Watching Is Second To None
There were plenty of people dressed outlandishly in January, but the distinct chill in the air kept even the most lascivious from revealing all. Now however, the sun is set to make an appearance (meant to…), so all the nutters out to get papped will be casting off reams of fabric and dolling themselves up, each trying to outdo the last. Our tip? Stop by Victoria House, get yourself a coffee and settle in for an afternoon of ridiculous people watching.
6 The Esquire Live Blog Will Be Up And Running
If you dialed-in to Esquire Online last season you’ll know that we have a live blog running throughout the LC:M weekend. It’s your one-stop-shop for photos, reviews, interviews and backstage sneak peaks, so if you can’t make it along to the shows, we’ve got your back. And most importantly, back by popular demand, you’ll be able to watch our in-car video reports delivered by our fashion team for the freshest reviews hot from the runway. It’s what LC:M is all about.
7 And There Are Parties To Gatecrash
The parties were good in January – Esquire’s was the best, of course – but now that it’s a little warmer and the evenings are longer, you can end the day on a rooftop bar with an Aperol Spritz, rather than a hot toddy in a basement tavern. If you haven’t been invited, fear not. Just loiter around Holborn looking stylish and someone will no doubt take you by the arm and lead you past the red rope. In theory.