Men’s fashion is boring right? Personally as a woman, it can’t possibly hold anything to interest me. It’s all shirts and trousers, suits, ties, and yet more shirts. Snooze.
However, you’d be mistaken to think this way, here are 5 great reasons why LC: M can be just as interesting as it’s womanswear equivalent:
1. Embrace androgyny – Who’s to say menswear is just for men? The male/female trend has been around for a while now, with sharp tailoring featuring in Gucci, Luis Vuitton and Versace’s pre fall womenswear collections. Where better to draw inspiration for these masculine/feminine looks than from than the suit experts themselves.
2. The crazy. – As much as I hate to admit it there’s just not as much variation in menswear as there in women’s and this results in some crazy looks being shown. The men’s shows are worth paying attention to if only to see these completely impractical looks. Last season MAN’s collection featured plywood headpieces and skirts for men usually appear in at least one collection (something I’m yet to actually see work on anyone who isn’t Marc Jacobs and even then…). Earlier this week, courtesy of Astrid Anderson, we witnessed the introduction of crop top so short it showed not just ab but nipple as well- can’t wait to see that one catch on.
3. Great female front row guests – If you still can’t muster up any enthusiasm for menswear, don’t fear, female celebs also attend the shows meaning there are still some great women’s looks to lust after. Burberry Prorsum, a brand which has become almost as famous for its FROWers as its clothes made a return to LC:M yesterday, and as well as a killer collection it also featured a some stella front row looks from the female attendees, for instance Suki Waterhouse in a snake-print trench coat from the label.
4. Ditto the parties- again forget the menswear, instead focus on the whole host of parties that have been laid on to celebrate the collections, meaning more outfit porn. Kerry Washington attended the Jimmy Choo and Esquire party in a gorgeous two-tone Marc Jacobs’s dress, whilst Daisy Lowe, Victoria Pendleton and Sarah Ann Macklin were all in attendance at the Tommy Hilfiger party.
5. David Gandy. Really, need I say any more!
Words: Kimberly Fishwick