With London Fashion Week now behind us, what have we learned from this all important feature in the yearly calendar? Let’s look closer to see what we could be seeing in the shops (and wearing) in the months to come.
Many of us are familiar with the image of catwalk models trying to walk down the catwalk wearing the most inappropriate footwear. It didn’t happen during the Simon Gao show though, with trainers the order of the day. There were few colours here either; the trend is firmly on relaxed, cosy and neutral clothing. It sounds just like the kind of thing to see us into the autumn and winter months.
M&S keeps things simple
The idea of High Street stalwart Marks and Spencer taking pride of place in London Fashion Week may be odd for some, but the simplicity inherent in their presentation was not lost on those attending.
The M&S Best of British womenswear collection featured smart trouser suits, simple and elegant tops and jumpers and flowing coats – just the mix to adjust to anything the British weather throws at us later this year. The odd splash of orange sat well with the more casual blues and dark colours too.
What about the men?
If you thought the men were not as well catered for here, think again. Orlebar Brown produced a casual range that many men would be happy with. Aside from the t-shirts and shorts – many of them bright and engaging – a younger audience is clearly the target for the wrapped up autumn range.
The occasional bright entry to the range, such as the yellow jacket, is complemented by the sleek and casual lines of the remainder of the casual menswear range.
On the line
Perhaps the most intriguing ranges from London Fashion Week 2014 were those that blurred the lines between clothing for men and/or women. While few would react to a woman wearing manly clothes, the same could not be said of the opposite situation.
And yet during this year’s show the likes of Lee Roach and JW Anderson decided to connect male models with some feminine style clothing to see what happened. No doubt many of these designs won’t translate to the High Street, but some of the more understated feminine menswear could catch on. Just think of David Beckham in that sarong and you’ll get the point. You just never know.
So if you wander down the High Street this autumn and see some feminine clothing designed for men rather than women, don’t be too surprised. You saw it first at London Fashion Week 2014. And who knows, it could catch on.