Throughout [Day-2] designers took inspiration from the most unlikeliest of places and as London Fashion Week Men's Aw17 continues and you look back on the year we all just had, you'd expect the inspiration to be coming from there, instead of, lets say, a building site. We are now post-Brexit, just days away from witnessing Donald Trump's move into the Oval Office and in the midst of a temperamental month for weather - the pressure is obviously on the designers to follow suit and create collections that reflect our current sociopolitical climate. And on top of this, we all need to be cheered up. That is a hell of a lot of pressure.
Its probably even more of a crushing pressure on J.W. Anderson. This is a guy who has routinely broke down boundaries year after year after all. Of course he delivered just what we all need. This is a collection that makes you want to go home and wrap yourself in balls of wool while the kettle is boiling. This was a cocoon of beauty. The chunky knit capes and scarves; the leather jackets with ballooning knit sleeves; the backpacks with huge piercings; and of course the footwear with knit tongues coming over the toes - its almost like Anderson is layering us up for a bumpy ride throughout 2017. Just after, Maharishi gave us a collection that was both considered and wearable, taking inspiration from Africa and the military. While Chalayan explored the route of the tension between things that are contained and things that are coming away - posing all the right questions throughout his collection.
The highly anticipated KTZ show happened a little later in the day and boy did it not disappoint, with Marjan Pejoski drawing from a vast range of references for his latest collection. Streetwear was taken to a whole new level with themes like sexual subcultures, ancient Greek soldiers' uniforms, kilts and spirituality all on show. Working from quite a restrained colour palette, most things had loads of laces, which was said to be a literal reference to the restrictions modern life brings. Dramatic, but it worked. It was then Christopher Raeburn and Sibling that closed out [Day-3] but they both did it in very different fashion. Get it? I'm so lame, I know. Raeburn played to his strengths and went for the rugged, outdoorsy way of life with a new take on camouflage gear. The coolest of them were those that were wove in fluorescent yellow with shades of gray. While Sibling went for an over the top collection that was just plain fun. This was a collection that was a mash up of periods and cultures - so of course there was ruffles, black zebra stripes, loud patterns and playful knits.
[Day-3] brought a lot of functionality in its garments. However, I know many would still disagree with that. There was passion in all the randomness and chaos - but that created a purpose for these designers. Its that randomness and chaos that make London Fashion Week Men's so damn enjoyable every season.