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230561   Last week’s LCM shows saw a mixture of designs go down the catwalk. Some interesting, unique and different; some smart, stylish and dapper and others somewhere in between. This Maharishi ensemble from day 2 stood out for me. Not because it was great but because its quite worrying and had my eye brows raised. I know that a lot of inspiration for designers comes from the street but where is the line drawn? Yes, Street fashion, alternative dressers and street art are known for sparking inspiration in the fashion industry, but since when did the hoodlum look become so fashionable that it made it to the runway?

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For LCM (London collection: Men), this AW collection by Sibling is a bazar one. As quirky, unusual and non-traditional the fashion industry is today, this does not surprise me. Furthermore, as quite a controversial brand, Sibling have showcased similar ranges before- just a lot less pink. Looking very Nicki Manaj and even more Barbie-like, this collection almost out does Jeremy Scott and Moschino when it comes to weird, whacky and extravagant.

Despite the amount of head-turners a man would get wearing any of this down the road, it is fashion after all. Alternative fashion, yes. Nevertheless, crazy and original is whats making the headlines- and hey, thats what fashion is about right?! Topman or Zara for men might not be in a hurry to recreate high street versions of this collection, but someone will be. #watchthisspace

Over the past couple of days, London has seen quite a few men take to the runway. Fitting in with this doom and gloom weather that requires layers and layers, the AW15 collections couldn’t have come sooner. As usual there has been some interesting and somewhat quirky designs, as well as the dapper ones.

There seemed to  be a fair bit of pink across the catwalk for the season. Although I’ve never really been a fan of pink on a man, I quite like what (ironically) Thomas Pink has done throughout his AW15 collection. Rather than over doing it, he almost incorporates hints of pink into his designs. From a block coloured tie, to strips on a shirt and [below] a burnt fuchsia blazer, Pink has made pink work. However I can not say the same for Astrid Anderson who really over does it with his black and pink velvet trousers, paired with a block coloured black and pink jumper-not to mention the fur hat. Across his collection, he presents a very “statement making” kind of look. It’s interesting, don’t get me wrong-I’m just not his biggest fan. The final pink-ish shot is from the Oliver Spencer show. For me, he comes between Thomas Pink and Astrid Anderson; not quite dapper and not too OTT either. As a tri-blend turtle neck jumper with only a few yarns of pink; I quite like this design. Perhaps because i just really like the jumper in general (not on a man) and would wear it myself-nevertheless, as part of men’s fashion week, I like it.

Next, are my winter favourites: polo necks. You got to love ’em. As children we all wore them and probably didn’t value you them as much as we should of. Now, on the other hand, I’m obsessed. On a woman, man or child, I think they’re great. Depending on what they are worn with, they are definitely fashionable too. This Fashion Week Coach and Lou Dalton did it best in my opinion; all in black and layered up; its a winner. Runner up to the polo neck, is the simple shirt and jumper. In less than 50 shades of grey, YMC demonstrate this well.

Keeping it interesting, Lee Roach brings almost a feminine look to the men’s runway. With that said, I do like his pop of orange paired with black (and of course the fact that the outfit includes a polo neck). However, the majority of his collection does resemble designs seen in a woman’s wardrobe. With nipped in waists, high-waisted waist bands and robe like coats, it seems AW15 will be a metrosexual one. Also rather interesting is the Shaun Samson (hosted by Fashion East) collection. Looking like a 21st century Rupert the Bear, I don’t really have much else to say. Throughout the collection each and every model wears a random thick scarf, tied quite close to the neck with ensembles that involve legs out- far too much legs out for a autumn/ winter collection if you ask me.

Last but not least are the slightly more tasteful alternatives. Feeling the blue, YMC and Hardy Amies fuse both trend and style to dazzle the front row.  Keeping it casual, YMC have created a look for your everyday man. Where as Hardy Amies has stepped it up a notch, with suits, shirts and ties to stick to the style brand’s swarve look.

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