Monday, 14 January 2013


After all of the buzz and critique surrounding this week's London Collections: Men, we thought we'd get in on the conversation with a quick recap, as well as ask you gents about what you think.

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First up, we've got Jonathan Anderson's gender-bending collection, featuring re-worked pieces from his women's collection tailored to fit a more masculine frame. With the recent breaking, Kanye-West-in-a-skirt, fashion news, we can't help but wonder if the women's clothing-turned-menswear fashion statement is turning into a lasting trend.

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Next, we have Craig Green, whose collection has been torn apart by online comments like, "Poor guy should have got out of the way when they forecasted the tornado," and "A garbage bag with legs...YIKES!!"

This isn't the first time we've seen outrageous head gear on a runway (Let's refer to most, if not every collection Gareth Pugh's ever presented), so what exactly is it about a few pieces of wood that's so offensive?

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And then there was Vivienne Westwood, known for her fearless use of colour and pattern— among other such things like her crazy hair. We saw no issue in her collection: it was fun, and it was a nod to dandy style, which we have only good things to say about. Unfortunately, even her choice in make-up, which payed a humorous homage to the monocle and moustache provoked violent comments like, "That's a bullseye for where to punch him for wearing that outfit."

We think the important thing to note here, is that runway collections don't always have to be taken so literally. An entire collection could simply be forecasting an upcoming trend for silhouettes, patterns, or colours, just as it can be the artistic manifestation of a designer's vision of fashion. No one said you have to wear two-by-fours on your head because they appeared in a designer's collection. All-in-all, we thought the collections showcased the talent of the designers, and although we wouldn't wear all of it ourselves, we think credit is due to the creative risks each designer took.

Now over to you, fellow fashion enthusiasts: What do you think? Are we taking fashion so seriously that we can't even appreciate someone's creative approach on clothing? 

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