While it does seem a tad early to be talking about what we will be wearing (or would like to be able to wear) next spring, I decided to do a quick overview of my favourite menswear collections shown at the Spring 2018 shows.
#1: Nicholas Daley
Nicholas Daley is a young, rising London-based designer and since launching his eponymous label three years back, he’s been on my radar for his mix of ethnic references to his Afro-Caribbean and Scottish heritage. What Daley does best is combining an intrinsically British fondness for tradition (his fabrics are all made in England) and a very weathered aesthetic. I love all the earthy hues in this rustic collection and apparently, the Japanese folks agree – his biggest market is in Japan.
Art lover J.W.Anderson continues to imbue Spanish house Loewe with artisanal flair – for Spring 2018, he shot the menswear collection at Salvador Dali’s house at Cadaqués in Catalonia, Spain. Quirky styling aside, take apart the ensembles and you’ll find inherently wearable pieces (such as that cute ’70s-esque striped tee and the fantastic trench coats) that give off a very crafts-y vibe, consistent with what he’s been doing at the brand’s women’s collection.
Over at Marni, new creative director Francesco Risso’s second menswear collection for the house came across as similarly whimsical. Risso gave his collection a relaxed feel with pants that were generously cut but my favourite bits of the collection were the fantastic colour-matching, as seen in the 3rd look and the similar to Loewe, clothes that look like collages from art class.
Christophe Lemaire will always be on my list of go-to designers – how could he not? The former Hermes creative director has carved out such an excellent niche for himself – time-proof utility-minded clothes that have been elevated with elegant, sinuous cuts and silhouettes. His eye for colour and prints cannot be overlooked either – whether it’s the salmon-pink combination with a vert green shirt or the marble-esque print shirt in the 3rd look, Lemaire very seldom gets it wrong.
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