London Collections: Men – Day One – Lou Dalton, Matthew Miller, And Christopher Shannon

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Where did the last six months go? It doesn’t seem two minutes since I was reviewing Autumn Winter 2014. Now I’m here again picking my highlights from the first day of London Collections: Men for Spring Summer 2015.

Lou Dalton

Starting off with a series of pure white sharp suits, trousers and bomber jackets with chunky silver zips. Whites departed, making way for peaches in similar styles.

The lighter colour palette merged into a monochrome and royal blue run in signature Dalton style. Tight fitting ankle grazing trousers, with a blue top beneath a pale grey biker-esque jacket, finished with a matching man clutch.

The blue theme reigned supreme, with similar styles carried through on hues of duck egg, cobalt and royal. One standout ensemble being a checked biker jacket with matching shorts in dark blue. Red made a brief appearance on a white jumper in an abstract style design, an anorak, and bomber jacket.

Closing the show, dark blue ensembles reemerged echoing through the simple, yet statement pieces in the show. Models were styled with slicked back hair and a sun-kissed complexion.

Three word description: simple block colouring.

Matthew Miller

Miller kept true to his brands aesthetic and worked with his dark blue and chalk pinstripe signature.

Kicking off with a sleeveless chalk stripe V necked top with matching slim fit trousers. By look five, Millers other signature had come into play, words. The words anti, war, society and you where placed on shoulders and waists breaking up the looks.

Pinstripe high V-neck t-shirts, shorts and classes two buttoned suits appeared before white made its first appearance. Classic white shirting made from grosgrain adorned in the aforementioned words made their debut carrying on through the presentation. Their next appearance was under a cropped chalk stripe blazer with matching trousers.

Patchwork of what looks like the off-cuts from the rest of the range appeared nearing the end of the show, Miller created a t-shirt, long sleeved tops, a vest top with a high V-neck and skinny trousers out of the leftover fabric. Closing the show, the patchwork and the tailored suit took their final bow. Models wore a floral wreath on their wrists or around their necks.

Three word description: Chalk stripe madness

Christopher Shannon

The recipient of the first ever BFC (British Fashion Council) and British GQ Men’s Fashion Fund Award. Shannon’s Spring Summer plethora took us back to artistic grungy 90’s. An oversized t-shirt and knee grazing shorts series opened the show with graphic prints in monochrome’s, cobalt blue and orange & purples.

Shannon brought the co-ord back to the fashion forefront with a dark blue sleeveless shirt and short combo with staggered trio of white parallel lines. This theme of lines was carried through several pieces of apparel, with pillar box reds of a black polo shirt and short two piece. For the more reserved fashion disciple, a simple black oversized round neck t-shirt and shorts, with contrasting pale grey clutch is the perfect on trend number.

Block co-ords created a strong presence of the runway in bright reds, plums and cobalts just to name a few colours. The co-ords were emblazoned in words such as ‘think’ and ‘too much’, and shapes like stars and rectangles brought the collection into an artistic abstract vibe.

The abstract feel was created from cutouts on various shirts and shorts with contrasting edging. In signature Shannon style, no collection would be complete without a jumper. Once again in block colouring, but this time tied-in with an abstract print reminiscent of a Matisse. The models were styled with their hair in top knots.

Three word description: Artistic printed clothes

Final thoughts

Just from day one, I’m getting the sense that blues, whites and text are possible key trends for Spring Summer 2015.

Come back tomorrow for day two’s review.

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