There was a return to the age of innocence on the runways of London Collections Menswear last weekend, with designers serving up dreamy boyish collections for Spring/Summer 2016 alongside tougher, military-inspired presentations.
A playful childishness infused J. W. Anderson's collection, with everyday objects being transformed into quirky and imaginative accessories. Metallic touches such as silver brogues added a futuristic element to the look, while off-kilter touches including sash belts, short hemlines and patent leather brought a touch of dreamlike whimsy to the collection.
Pyjama-like tailoring also lent a boyish charm to the Alexander McQueen collection, which was exacerbated by the nautical sailor motifs scattered over the pieces. Elongated, tailored captain's coats kept the ensemble just the right side of grown-up.
Meanwhile, James Long's collection was definitely for adults, exuding an easy extravagance which saw an amalgamation of styles mashed together with colourful and insouciant results.
Patterned silks and panelled denims contrasted with one another, with black cravat-esque neckties and belts adding a foppish detail. The overall look was "undone", with decadent silk overcoats worn off the shoulder to expose the dressier layers beneath.
Christopher Raeburn's Borneo-inspired collection (main picture) was at the other end of the scale, with the masculine designs on show conjuring up the image of an army explorer. Cargo pants, heavy boots and backpacks were mixed up with bright sweaters featuring anthropological motifs, while parachute fabrics were used to lend an urban irony to separates and camouflage outwear had a distinctly military vibe. – AFP Relaxnews