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LCM: MAN AW14 Show

Continuing in his quest to rise above all others in the men’s shows each season. JW Anderson put on a striking show at this weeks LCM. With a focus on highlighting the grey areas around gender specific clothing, Anderson has produced another stunning collection bursting with prints, colour and linear driven designs.

Tailoring and an intelligent approach to cut and shape are prominent throughout the collection. With layering and structure also playing an important role in delivering the designers intended aesthetic.

General detailing is kept to a minimum with pleats and oversized buttons forming the basis, whilst a continued display of varying lengths also surfaces as a possible trend. In particular, trousers are cropped throughout which displays both the ongoing feminine quality as well as an adjustment to the overall shape.

With a staggeringly high understanding of both genders’ form and fashion. JW Anderson shows no sign of dropping in his quest to reach dizzying industry heights.

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Words by Matthew Ward
Continuing in his quest to rise above all others in the men’s shows each season. JW Anderson put on a striking show at this weeks LCM. With a focus on highlighting the grey areas around gender specific clothing, Anderson has produced another stunning collection bursting with prints, colour and linear driven designs.

Tailoring and an intelligent approach to cut and shape are prominent throughout the collection. With layering and structure also playing an important role in delivering the designers intended aesthetic.

General detailing is kept to a minimum with pleats and oversized buttons forming the basis, whilst a continued display of varying lengths also surfaces as a possible trend. In particular, trousers are cropped throughout which displays both the ongoing feminine quality as well as an adjustment to the overall shape.

With a staggeringly high understanding of both genders’ form and fashion. JW Anderson shows no sign of dropping in his quest to reach dizzying industry heights.

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Words by Matthew Ward
Astrid Andersen is the risk taking, playful designer who likes to combine a heavily street urban aesthetic with homogenous detailing and eye-catching colour. And as expected, her AW/14 collection doesn’t stray too far from this style with the show starting off with one shouldered tops and furry tee’s.

Andersen had dressed up her models as rude boy rapunzels who walked down the runway in aqua blue American football styled jerseys. There was a selection of coats including a black fur mid coat which stopped at the top of the arm and given a satin quilted long sleeve look which was worn over a matte gold crop top and joggers. The fit was comfortable loose and sometimes reminiscent of nightwear such as the white and blue satin shirts.

The footwear remained the same throughout as models wore their sporty get up’s with chunky black mid length wallabies as did the tones with a general theme of grey, black, blue and yellow. Astrid also brought back her lace in a onesie form with a white and black tracky underneath. Baggy way past the knee shorts were worn over just as baggy jogging bottoms and we loved the black and gold printed bottoms.

The general sportswear feel was still as evident as it was in her previous collections as was the blatant contrast of masculine designs with feminine or unisex touches. Andersen is still evolving the street look by bending as much conventions as she can. She also lived up to her expectations and delivered a consistent show with a varied use of material and interesting concepts.

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Words by Kacion Mayers
Continuing in his quest to rise above all others in the men’s shows each season. JW Anderson put on a striking show at this weeks LCM. With a focus on highlighting the grey areas around gender specific clothing, Anderson has produced another stunning collection bursting with prints, colour and linear driven designs.

Tailoring and an intelligent approach to cut and shape are prominent throughout the collection. With layering and structure also playing an important role in delivering the designers intended aesthetic.

General detailing is kept to a minimum with pleats and oversized buttons forming the basis, whilst a continued display of varying lengths also surfaces as a possible trend. In particular, trousers are cropped throughout which displays both the ongoing feminine quality as well as an adjustment to the overall shape.

With a staggeringly high understanding of both genders’ form and fashion. JW Anderson shows no sign of dropping in his quest to reach dizzying industry heights.

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Words by Matthew Ward
Astrid Andersen is the risk taking, playful designer who likes to combine a heavily street urban aesthetic with homogenous detailing and eye-catching colour. And as expected, her AW/14 collection doesn’t stray too far from this style with the show starting off with one shouldered tops and furry tee’s.

Andersen had dressed up her models as rude boy rapunzels who walked down the runway in aqua blue American football styled jerseys. There was a selection of coats including a black fur mid coat which stopped at the top of the arm and given a satin quilted long sleeve look which was worn over a matte gold crop top and joggers. The fit was comfortable loose and sometimes reminiscent of nightwear such as the white and blue satin shirts.

The footwear remained the same throughout as models wore their sporty get up’s with chunky black mid length wallabies as did the tones with a general theme of grey, black, blue and yellow. Astrid also brought back her lace in a onesie form with a white and black tracky underneath. Baggy way past the knee shorts were worn over just as baggy jogging bottoms and we loved the black and gold printed bottoms.

The general sportswear feel was still as evident as it was in her previous collections as was the blatant contrast of masculine designs with feminine or unisex touches. Andersen is still evolving the street look by bending as much conventions as she can. She also lived up to her expectations and delivered a consistent show with a varied use of material and interesting concepts.

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Words by Kacion Mayers
The Topman x Fashion East joint venture, MAN, brought to us three eclectic collections from the likes of Craig Green, Bobby Abley and Alan Taylor. Three different designers with three different styles is what makes the MAN show that bit more exciting. There’s always something new and exciting to look out for and this year was no different.

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Craig Green’s designs were not as vibrant as last years tie-dye spectacular but still packed a hefty punch. The theme was everything long and flowing. Rigid shapes and floor length coats dominated. The style was somewhat oriental infused with a contemporary flavour in items such as the cut out bucket hat with thick leather straps that dangled down the models chest. In general, the looks were very cultured and dark in colour besides Craig’s signature eye bursting prints that came in gold and black than china cup blue and white. Side slits popped up on various occasions giving some looks a feminine touch and bondage like backpacks cradled a few of the models chests.

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When it came to Bobby Abley, everything had a much lighter tone in comparison although it was still quite dark for what we expect from the more playful designer. Disney was the theme for his collection which featured Mickey Mouse eared hats and words and phrases in the disney typography. Bubblegum pink fuzzy football jerseys and other fuzzy pieces which included radiant orchid shorts and a salmon fuzzy tracksuit. However amongst this playful palette of colours were much more bleaker greys, blues and blacks. Barbed wire printed jackets were lifted into a more cartoon esque look and Ableys traditional teddy insignia returned in usual form, but this time on slightly cropped tee’s.

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Alan Taylor also gave us some length with even more subtle androgynous detailing. Rules were most definitely bent and with good effect. Knee length skirts were put over tailored trousers giving the skirt a strangely formal masculine look. Coats were long and sharp with contrast coloured print detailing whilst lime green and pink accessories gave the ivory, grey and navy blue colour scheme a jolt of life. Most interesting were the curved slits at the bottom of his blazers and his continuous use of abstract splashes of colours on his suiting which was slightly longer in length and baggier. Bell bottomed tailored trousers were bold and daring much like the statement all black fur jacket.

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Words by Kacion Mayers