London Fashion Week Men’s was the perfect antidote to a gloomy January weekend. It finished on a high, with celebrated British designers Vivienne Westwood and Belstaff presenting to packed-out venues despite a tube strike and the resulting chaos into which London descended. In its 10th season, London Collection Men’s was renamed London Fashion Week Men’s, aligning it more prominently, and deservedly, with its world-famous female equivalent, London Fashion Week. As designers show increasingly mixed-gender collections, with everyone from Bobby Abley to Westwood combining men’s and womenswear, you can’t help but wonder whether the name change is, also, paving the way for the more unisex, androgynous fashion industry of the future. One where the gender roles we’ve been conditioned to abiding by don’t matter.
Despite the rain, under cover of cloud, a dazzling roster of insurgent and established designers, both native and international, lit up the capital. These were the shows we loved.