LCFMA 18: The Future of Menswear

Written by Seán McHugh; Illustration by Tabetha Baldwin

During Fashion Week 2018 the London College of Fashion debuted the menswear collections of 10 MA Students that redefine the classic ideas of tailoring. Androgynous silhouettes, the juxtaposition of fabrics and pops of primary colours are just some of the many statement each of these designers made about defining menswear in 2018.

On the 5th of January 2018, the London College of Fashion unveiled its annually menswear catwalk where its brightest MA students show off their collections to the publc. From laquer wooden hats to metallic furs, the runway show overflowed with creative statements of the how these innovative young designers perceive the future of menswear. Formalwear was a huge focus with designers such as Hegmin Lu deconstructing suits through strategic cut-outs while others like Yingyi Loo brought androgynous detailing to Victorian-inspired pieces. Wool and knitwear was also widespread from Ming Lai Lee’s monochromatic felt wool overcoat and Coline Gauthier adding muted knitwear pieces to traditional English tailoring. While there is merit in every designer from this runway, one designer in particular to us at From the Streets for her innovative use of vibrant wool and tailoring: Yixin Zhang.

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One of the stand-outs of the show, Yixin Zhang’s mix of colourblocked wool blazers and wooden hats were impossible to miss. Editorial and modern; Zhang’s collection was a feast for the eyes, bringing together bright vibrant tones of blue, orange and yellow with soft, fluffy textures. Tailored for a oversized fit, Zhang’s unique jackets showed impeccable detail as colourblocking was used to achieve abstract geometric shapes within her wool based coats and blazers. More is more for this collection as the radiant colour palette spread throughout every piece, from trousers to dress shirts and briniging with it a celebration of colour and texture rarely seen in menswear before. Zhang sites the life and habits of hoarders as the inspiration for her collection and yet with so much going on, the styling brings a bold eye that assures the colour palette is always managed throughout the collection. Whether wooden hats become the must-have accessory of next season or not; Yixin Zhang makes an eye-catching entrance to the menswear world that is sure to not go unnoticed.

Kabyashree Saikia