I remember scouring Instagram and stumbling across one of my photos from London Fashion Week, where someone rightly commented “Why does he look so moody? He’d look so much better if he smiled”. Unfortunately when you’ve done a bit of modelling and all you have to learn from is the stereotypical angry model face, you develop a knack for frowning all the time, and even more so when there’s a lens in your face. I did make an effort to incorporate a more smily face, but I’ve just ended up looking gormless for the photographers.
I covered my opinions of “street style” with my London Fashion Week post earlier last year, and how the event attracts the good, bad and the ugly. LC:M is certainly better in this retrospect - there are a few guys who perhaps go overboard on the accessories, but no one really dresses extremely extravagent for the purpose of being snapped. The street style photographers during LC:M are usually shooting for the likes of GQ, Vogue or Esquire, and as a result, they look for pristine suiting, well-composed outfits or beautiful coats matched with beautiful ties. I wouldn’t say it is necessarily boring, as personally I believe London is at the forefront of the tailoring industry, proudly flaunting the three-piece suit alongside excessive use of the words sartorial or heritage. I only believe it is taken a step too far when you’ll see one person wearing a tie bar; a wallet chain; two pocket squares; a tie and a pocket watch, precisely latched onto the second button of their mismatched waistcoat. I personally think it’s all a bit too much - and if you want to go the tailoring path, there is nothing wrong with a simple two or three-piece suit that fits well, with a nice white shirt and a nice knitted tie. Saying that, if you’re high-profiled enough, it doesn’t really matter what you’re wearing. Luckily, those that are, dress pretty darn good (see David Gandy and Tinie Tempah on day 1).
Ranting aside, there were some impeccably well-dressed individuals, and I was very happy to see plenty of long, oversized coats, as well as raincoats by Stutterheim to match the awful weather. LC:M does attract the best of the menswear bunch within the UK, featuring tailoring fans of designers such as Richard James or Hackett, as well as the loud, stand-out crowd who wait eagerly for shows such as Kokon To Zai (KTZ), who are known for their symbolic, Japanese-esque, bold streetwear clothing. The special occasion seems to demand the utmost extent of our wardrobes, as the most style savvy industry insiders from all over the world may be there, ready to judge you with their experienced eyes on whether you are deemed worthy enough to join the fashion ranks. Saying that, next season I’m hoping to be wearing a t-shirt and jeans, because running around to meet the show schedule can be unforgiving, especially when you’re carrying a camera and a bag of goodies, attempting to break in your brand new brogues you regretted saving only for the special day.
Realising I’ve just talked about the gimmicks of LFW/LC:M street style, for day 2 of LC:M I wanted to wear my James Long corduroy not-so-common boiler suit, both as an homage for James Long’s show that day, and as a bit of a statement that boiler suits aren’t just for the women. To my surprise it met the curious eye of many bystanders, and many inquired about where you can actually find boiler suits. Unfortunately, they aren’t the most common item of clothing stocked within stores and I’d be surprised if you could find one on the highstreet, however they are seen within a few designer’s collections such as Lou Dalton, Balmain or Hermès. If all else fails, pick up one that’s actually functional from Dickies.
I realised I’ve spoken about the style at LC:M and all I’ve put up is some pictures of me and what I wore, but there’s plenty of great street style websites where you can find the content, my personal favourites from individuals such as Garcon Jon or Monsieur Jerome, who are frequenters of every season shooting on behalf of various publications. Hope you enjoyed the read.
- Mr. Boy