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FLANNELS Five: Designers To Know At LFWM's

FLANNELS Five: Designers To Know At LFWM's

Start the year in style and shake off those January blues with LFWM’s, starting tomorrow. Over 50 of the world’s most exciting and sought-after designers will present their collections at the newly re-named London Fashion Week Men’s this weekend. Aside from the name change, the London AW17 shows (phew, are we there already?) are evolving alongside other seismic shifts in the industry. Vivienne Westwood’s return to the capital this season with a unisex show is just one of the reasons that London is becoming increasingly synonymous with change. As some of the biggest names in fashion, from Burberry to Paul Smith, switch to shows that reject traditional seasonality and gender separation, London is leading the way. It's an event to rival any of the great fashion weeks on the calendar, where long-established favourites will showcase alongside up-and-comers in a four-day-long style spectacle. With so many designers on the schedule, we thought we’d narrow down the ones-to-watch for your convenience.

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

The Grande Dame of Punk, Vivienne Westwood is returning to London for AW17, with a unisex show that crosses the boundary lines of convention. No surprises there really. She’s famed for her rebellious take on style, laced with historical references but ultimately forward-looking, counter-cultural and highly coveted. Her political messages are sewn into every garment, whether overtly or latently. We’re wondering what statement Westwood will make on her post-Brexit return to home turf.

BELSTAFF

Born out of the spirit of adventure, Belstaff is a British heritage brand that has been supplying both fearless explorers and intrepid style enthusiasts for decades. The super-luxe but practical take on their own moto history has made them an iconic favourite, with devotees ranging from T.E. Lawrence to Che Guevara to David Beckham. Their presentations are always visually impressive, reinterpreting the brands history for a contemporary audience. Shift up a gear with Belstaff.

ASTRID ANDERSEN

Danish-born Astrid Andersen has a special way with sportswear. No other designer elevates it so successfully, whilst remaining true to its athletic origins. Her last collection played on basketball and workout staples, with lengthy silhouettes and signature metallic finishes raising sportswear to high-fashion status. Last season, she surprised onlookers with the introduction of her first womenswear lines, securing her position as a forerunner in the shift towards mixed-gender shows.

YMC

You Must Create AKA YMC’s last collection was a wearable and contemporary representation of British multiculturalism, that celebrated the merging of different cultures in the UK between the revolutionary ‘60s and hedonistic ‘80s. A truly authentic brand that won’t compromise their philosophy of diversity and ethical creativity, they consistently produce collections that are as quietly revolutionary as they are classically wearable.

NIGEL CABOURN

Cult British menswear designer Nigel Cabourn is inspired by authentic, vintage workwear and military uniforms. All of his collections are wearable, functional and in possession of a classic stylishness that can only belong to design that doesn’t submit to fads and trends. The SS17 collection was inspired by the famous WWII Eighth Army, otherwise known as the ‘Desert Rats.’ Clothing that endures and style that will survive the passage of time.

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