Playing host to the brightest new menswear talent, the joint creation between Fashion East and Topman is now in it’s 14th season. The MAN show has hosted the likes of James Long, Christopher Shannon and JW Anderson – those of which now set fire to menswear day with their solo shows. This year saw new talents Shaun Samson, Agi & Sam and Astrid Andersen. Each designer brought a range of inspiration to the artfully spacious catwalk of the Royal Opera House.
The collection was ‘an exploration of social and anti-social groups through sports teams and urban street tribes’. Focusing on sportswear fabrics, the garments combined mesh and sweatshirt fleece. Oversized silhouettes were combined with slashed necklines and invisible zips. These non traditional menswear detailing are as Samson quotes: ‘interesting and beautiful touches’.
In her first season at London Fashion Week, Astrid Anderson brought her unique sports luxe aura to the forefront. Inspired by the hip-hop collective The Wu Tang Clan, Anderson used puffer coats and metallic silver gillets to demonstrate the powerful force of group mentality. This idea helped to create uniform that oozed confidence as models walked in packs at the finale.
Agi & Sam
The duo engineered their own print variations of outlandish coloured tweeds and tartans to show that even Winter calls for such boldness. Known for their sense of humour Agape Mdumalla and Sam Cotton travelled to the future to replicate the wardrobe of the last man alive. Their latest offering uses nothing but the finest cloths – all of which have been created from recycled plastic bottles. Shown was an array of soft tailoring and fitting coats – all coveted by the pairs outlandish patterned mannerisms.