The pioneering MAN initiative was launched in 2005 by Fashion East and TOPMAN as the first support scheme for new menswear design talent. Starting with a place on London’s womenswear schedule, by 2009 MAN began London’s first menswear day of shows before paving the way for the launch of London Collections Men in June 2012. This season, 3 new talented designers played out a well-curated feast.
Voluminous denim pieces in classic blues and monochromes were juxtaposed with worn white tops and fluid mint green jersey pyjamas. The collection played with proportion and was an experimental take on the designer’s own wardrobe: “It’s about scale, about finding a balance pieces between either huge or small.”
FENG CHEN WANG:
Wang’s SS17 collection explored and celebrated connectivity in the digital age, the cables that connect and manipulate the structures of the garments encapsulates this concept. The combination of functionality with an astute attention to detail and a strong focus on outwear pieces continues to lie at the core of the brand’s aesthetic.
CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY:
Charles Jeffrey is a Central St Martin’s MA graduate, illustrator and radical creative. His cast of artists, musicians and friends stomped down a flower strewn catwalk recreating a scene from Jeffrey’s cult clubnight LOVERBOY. His love of tailoring permeated the line up. Signature knits collaged with chainmail came worn with Swarovski bug encrusted boxers and ‘foam’ accessories made in collaboration with Matty Bovan.