The headline shows of London Collections Men consistently garner plaudits - but what better way to celebrate our menswear leaders than by putting their wares on your back?
Craig Green is the designer seen as menswear's great white hope. His latest line debuts tomorow, but his spring has already sprung into stores, including this shirt(1 - see gallery below), simple but criss-crossed with trusses. Looks great, but also highly wearable – a riposte to the reputation Green has unfairly gained for outré boundary-pushing.
It only takes a generous hem to do that in menswear, apparently – but Green's trademark baggy trousers are influencing everyone. Case in point? These Wide strides from Topman Design.
Unwearability brings us to JW Anderson – he of "Moob-tube" and ruffled skirt-for-him infamy. But J-Dubs, as he's colloquially known, has built a tidy business around his menswear, specifically Natty Knits, that retain design integrity without scaring the horses. That's the challenge of menswear: how to innovate but not alienate? Christopher Bailey has nailed it at Burberry – his spring show made lace palatable for men, and cut a silk and wool trench coat to drape like a dressing-gown.
Menswear in London is so attractive, even womenswear designers are getting in on the deal: as with these Christopher Kane trainers, with safety buckles harking back to the Elastoplast-tight dresses of his first women's collection. Not sure blokes are ready for the latter, but the former are perfect for pounding London streets from show to show this arvo.