Tracking the new suit
Reserved, humble and polite are the traditional values of an Englishman, yet London’s menswear scene is one of the most creative and diverse capitals on the fashion calendar. Autumn/ Winter 2016 collections proved this eclectic feel, providing us with fierce talioring, including poignant tributes to the late David Bowie who passed away on the final day of London Collections Men.
Royal Ballet Soloist and Premiere Management artist, Eric Underwood was a prolific feature across the four day events. Underwood was seen on the front row of Topman, Lou Dalton Casley Hayford and James Long. Offering an editorial perspective, Underwood took over the Instagram accounts of Huffington Post Style and Evening Standard Magazine. His busy schedule also included a mad dash to perform The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House and time to party at the Tommy Hilfiger and Jonathan Newhouse dinner, wearing of course a tailored Hillfiger suit.
Tracksuits were traced in the collections of so many this season. Subtle references to the cuts and sculptured shapes of Nasir Mazhar’s leotards with falling joggers all in black. Meanwhile Grace Wales Bonner a fast favourite of the London menswear captivated the crowds with a sublime collection that included a nod to the 1970’s with a diamond detailed, terracotta tracksuit.
Fresh from his collaboration with artist Linder Sterling at Leeds Art Gallery, Christopher Shannon brought select pieces from his looks, not costumes - created for Children of the Mantic Stain dance performance, choreographed by Kenneth Tindall.
Expression and performance was crafted on the catwalk of MAN designer, Charles Jeffrey. Throwing back to the sensibility and adrongny of the Blitz kids, Jeffrey displayed radical and bold looks with an impressive set design on the catwalk. Noticeable DANCER/ models of the season included, David Smale (trained at Central School of Ballet) and commercial dancer Theio Maddix.
Words, Michael Peter Johnson