Opening of LCM AW15 (Shaun James Cox, British Fashion Council)
Once again London kick started the AW15 season with London Collection: Men and what a great job the designers have done. I am so happy that this event is growing each session and is giving a home for London’s talented menswear designers to showcasing their collections, something that I believe was missing from the fashion week calendar.
The reason I live here and love this city so much is because of the freedom and expression of the people that live here, as you can see from this season’s highlights there are so many people that agree with me … we really do have some talented people here.
What do you think?
Christopher Shannon AW15, backstage (Sam Wilson, British Fashion Council)
Christopher Shannon AW15 (Dan Sims, British Fashion Council)
In Christopher Shannon’s AW15 menswear collection you could sense his sense of humour and his playfulness coming through as he sent his models down the catwalk with their heads and faces covered with carrier bags.
Staying true to his signature street sportswear style his collection used a monochrome palette mixed with bold bright blue and red. Knitwear featuring cans and carrier bags with ‘Thanks 4 nothing’, ‘Save me’ and ‘Broke’ slogans depicted his message of the struggles that young designers meet as well as questioning our love affair with disposable fashion.
After winning the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund last year, I really believe that he has put the money to good use and really challenged fashion lovers about what we should desire from clothing and fashion. His talents in creating pieces that men want to wear and understand, is really making him become a sought-after British designer and truly one to watch as he grows strength to strength each season.
What do you think of this collection?
Today I am not just sharing my work with you but also a new AW13 collection by amazing menswear designer Jenny Schwarz.
IMAGE THAT FEATURES PIECES BY JENNY SCHWARZ AND ORSCHEL-REED THAT WAS USED FOR AW13 LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN PRESENTATION
Just before the Christmas break, I worked on the look book for amazing menswear designer Jenny Schwarz AW13 collection. Jenny‘s collections always feature pieces that are beautifully cut and tailored. This is a rare quality to find but tailoring has been in Jenny‘s family for over a decade, and some would say it is in her blood.
Jenny asked me to do the styling on her latest collection and I was delighted as I have really wanted to work with Jenny for along time. The lookbook was photographed by Michael Furlonger and Bunny Allen did hair and make up. Props and set designer Lorna Kelly, was also brought on board to bring Jenny‘s visions alive for this shoot.
I have been following Jenny‘s collections for a few seasons now and I can honestly say that with each collection, she grows as a designer. As I mentioned above, Jenny’s cut of tailoring and attention to detail (a girl after my own heart) is beautiful. It is hard to pick out my favourite pieces within this new collection as I believe that this will truly be the collection to push her work and name out there into the spotlight.
For this collection Jenny was influence by Jesse James and the tailored jackets and trousers worn by him and other horsemen of the era but she still manages to stay true to her signature that she is now creating for herself including leather jackets and coats with sheepskin collars, cashmere jumpers and long johns (which Bunny and I are hoping Jenny will be made in women’s sizes so that we can purchase a pair), shirts and panelled trousers.
You may have read that I styled Jenny‘s look book so the whole team went to the event to show our support on this excited evening for Jenny. We had also shot the invitation image with features pieces by both designers so I was excited to see the rest of Orschel-Read’s collection.
The event was held at ME London hotel on the strand which was beautiful and below is a video of this amazing hotel, let me know what you think of it.
When walking in to the suite that was full of press, stylist and photographers, you were greeted by pieces from the collections in wardrobes, dress rooms and on the bed.
I don’t want to talk too much about Jenny’s collection as I will be talking about this in my ‘that’s the look’ feature but you can see images from the evening of her collection below.
Orschel-Read’s collection was very impressive, with panel detailing on suit jackets and the colours were rich for an autumn winter season. The collection was inspired by the golden era of pirate Radio and the British actor Bill Nighy’s performance in the film ‘The Boat that Rocked’ and his looks influenced by the late 60s/early 70s British Rock ‘n’ Roll scene. My favourite pieces from the collection was the black and white coats, the fabric was beautiful and so soft.
I hope you have enjoyed my post. What do you think of the outfits?
Please stay tuned for a post all about Jenny Schwarz!