7 Women Designers Who Dominated LFW Men's
Move aside, gender stereotypes: London Fashion Week Men’s got a heavy dose of female ingenuity this month, and it almost goes without saying—these women killed it. From veteran designers to new kids on the block, the clothing was consistently badass, effortlessly worn by guys and gals alike, and so classically British, we’d be lying if we said it didn’t induce serious FOMO on our part (reminiscing on LFWs past will have to do, for now).
Peep this roster of our favorite brands (all with a kick-ass woman at the helm) from this week’s shows, and then get reacquainted with this cohort of six young designers taking over London while you’re at it.
Phoebe English observes and records the men in her life for the sake of fashion (why else?), and it worked wonders for her A/W ’17 collection. Think utilitarian trousers, collared shirts, and lots of pockets; these clothes are all about form and function. Katie Eary
Katie Eary might have just decided the color of the season: purple. As to whether it’s a Royal reference, we’ll perhaps never know, but regardless: this designer’s penchant for seriously luxurious silk and a traditional fall color palette has us dreaming of warmer months—just what London needed. Margaret Howell
A pillar of both men’s and women’s fashion for over four decades, Margaret Howell is nothing if not reliable in her skill for designing quintessentially British clothing that hits all the right notes. For A/W ’17, the ’70s are recruited as inspiration for a collection characterized by muted colors, practical knits, and the softest of silks. Grace Wales Bonner
Grace Wales Bonner has wasted no time in her ascension to the top tier of British men’s fashion. At only 25, this young designer remembers her roots (as always) for A/W ’17: grounded in her experience as a person of mixed race (Bonner has a Jamaican father and English mother), the clothing pulls from pan-African couture and formal tailoring with ease. Never without her focus on the black male experience of masculinity, sexuality, and culture, Bonner is an important voice in the landscape of men’s fashion today. Martine Rose
Normcore continues its reign: Marine Rose joined the ranks of designers who have forged the way for fashion challenging gender norms, and Martine’s show added one more twist: it was presented, in its entirety, in the aisles of Seven Sisters Market (that’s right—a grocery store) in North London. Lou Dalton
Lou Dalton has been a master on the scene of British menswear design since 2008, and for this collection, each piece was considered a blank canvas onto which she could splash her genius for color, texture, and of course, perfect fit and form. The approach worked: once again, the presentation was met with irrefutable praise.Michiko Koshino
Michiko’s return to LFWM was an event in and of itself; inspired by her Japanese warrior ancestry and futuristic cartoon characters (quite the combination), the entire line, modeled by both men and women, was one to remember. This ’90s designer has made her mark, once again; here’s hoping she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Images via Wallpaper*, The Independent, Vogue Paris, HYPEBEAST, and London Fashion Week Men’s
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