An imagined male pregnancy, flower necklaces and melting ice caps were some of the more striking images at the spring/summer 2019 London Men’s Fashion Week, which ended on Monday.
Here are some of the highlights from the catwalks:
Chinese designer Xander Zhou’s collection featured a male model with a fake bump on show, wearing jeans and a white T-shirt with the words “New World Baby”.
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“We’re prepared to welcome a future of male pregnancy,” the designer said in an Instagram post.
Zhou’s show also featured one of the more improbable-looking designs of all the collections – an elaborate raincoat with six sleeves arranged in a star formation.
The spring/summer 2019 collection was, perhaps unsurprisingly, titled “Supernatural, Extraterrestrial & Co”.
Nasa and mythology
Edward Crutchley’s collection was inspired by “contemporary mythology” featuring prints by French artist Lucien Murat of a postapocalyptic world of deformed creatures.
The collection also had a strong Japanese theme, including a partnership with a kimono printing company from Kyoto.
Christopher Raeburn, a specialist in environmentally conscious fashion, used images taken by Nasa, the US space agency, showing melting ice caps to create a modern and socially engaged collection entitled “REACT NOW”.
Liam Hodges took his inspiration from the natural world with designs carrying vegetable and leopard-skin motifs.
Perhaps his most striking work was a black T-shirt bearing the image of a Roman breastplate worn by a model in a Praetorian Guard helmet.
Eulogy to gender fluid
The highly-anticipated show by “Man” – a kind of fashion incubator which has helped many of the current generation of British designers – presented a gender-fluid collection.
Male models wearing evening dresses, miniskirts or opting to go bare-chested featured heavily.
A heavily applauded design saw transsexual model Munroe Bergdorf strut the catwalk dressed only in a pair of black boots and a long, torn T-shirt with the words “High concept character”.
What would London Men’s Fashion Week, which is particularly oriented towards streetwear, be without a bit of old-school British chic – the refined elegance of a City gent?
That came courtesy of Oliver Spencer, whose collection featured linens and organic cottons, mineral colours and a touch of hippie sensibility – jackets worn with shorts and flower chains.