LONDON — The way forward for London Vogue Week’s June version appears unsure. What was as soon as a devoted menswear showcase populated with designers like Craig Inexperienced, Grace Wales Bonner and Bianca Saunders has turn into a lighter, much less purposeful affair.
In fact, Martine Rose nonetheless reveals in London and on a balmy Sunday night, the designer took over a frozen-in-time neighborhood centre at St Joseph’s Church in Highgate.
The situation held that means. “Wherever waves of immigrants have are available in — West Indian, Turkish, Polish, Irish — everybody has had their very own neighborhood centres; they’re actually necessary and very important,” mentioned Rose backstage. “Earlier than there have been precise membership venues, individuals from so many backgrounds co-opted neighborhood centres and youth golf equipment to placed on their membership nights.”
The venue set the scene for lived-in, sloping shouldered tailoring and beaten-up leather-based jackets paired seamlessly with nan’s negligees and mid-Twentieth-century corsetry. Excessive-vis workwear, cheeky slogan tees, 90s-era clubber fuzzy knits and a sequence of off-kilter footwear (because of the designer’s collaborations with Nike and Clarks) have been additionally a part of the combination.
A contender to succeed Virgil Abloh as Louis Vuitton’s menswear chief, Rose proved but once more why her sharp eye for sub-cultural references and blurring of gender traces proceed to have such a robust impression on menswear. Very similar to the designer’s recontextualised soccer shirts, you may see her mixture of pearls and rose pink towel making it to the mainstream.
The following day, Saul Nash confirmed a set titled “Intersections,” taking to a sand-filled room on the ICA to discover his household’s roots in Guyana, Mauritius and Barbados by the lens of his London upbringing. The outcomes have been thought-provoking: his signature city tracksuits appeared unusually displaced because the fashions sauntered alongside a tropical seashore set. Nash prevented “island life” clichés. The references to surf gear, swimwear and sailor’s apparel have been readable however by no means too literal.
Elsewhere, Daniel Fletcher confirmed a “see-now-buy-now” assortment centred on Savile Row tailoring, whereas Bulgarian-born up-and-comer Antonio Vattev opted for an economical lookbook launched on-line. Vattev’s assortment was an ode to Mick Jagger’s white gown stage ensemble in addition to the examine suiting he favoured, solidifying the designer’s masculine but delicate aesthetic.