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London men’s fashion week kicks off with Topman’s Show

 British clothing brand Topman Design revived the country’s 1990s rave culture for its London Fashion Week show today, dazzling the catwalk with fluorescent colours, psychedelic prints and underground attitude.

Photo courtesy / credits – Neil Hall / Reuters

LONDON, Jan 7 —Celebrating the anarchic house music scene that spontaneously swept the country and shocked the authorities, the High Street giant transformed the stately Selfridges department store in the heart of London into a warehouse party.

Photo courtesy / credits – Neil Hall / Reuters

The establishment bastion shook to the booming soundtrack of US artist Trevor Jackson, as models — sporting greasy hair, oily skin and various piercings — paraded between concrete columns and imposing metal sculptures.

A model presents a creation at the Topman show during London Fashion Week Men’s 2017 January 6, 2017. — Reuters pic

Opening proceedings for the four-day extravaganza once again, the brand’s front row was awash with big names including models Oliver Cheshire and Jack Guinness, singer James Bay and Youtuber Jim Chapman trying to get a first look at the biggest autumn/winter 2017 trends. And we doubt any of them left without a few styling tips for the months ahead.

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Topman Design’s AW17 collection kept the love for Britain going with clothes influenced by our land’s great pubbing and clubbing scene. The 1990s made a huge comeback in the form of oversized sportswear covered with pub-inspired graphics, punk style puns and neon colours, offering a more casual alternative to the bright knitwear on show.

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The winter 2017 collection was “heavily influenced by the pubbing and clubbing scene,” according to the label, featuring pub paraphernalia, hand-drawn prints and 90s “rave graphics and neons”.

“This gives the look of working in the outdoors all day and clubbing all night,” said Topman.

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Garments on display included oversized sweatshirts, hoodies, quilted nylon tracksuits, PVC trenchcoats, loud knitwear and neon trainers.

Charles Jeffrey’s designs are too well-cut and considered for him to be dismissed as concept alone. Photograph courtesy / credits – WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Photo courtesy / credits – Neil Hall / Reuters

For comfort at work and on the dance floor, expansive was the order of the day with exaggerated baggy jogging trousers and ultra-flared jeans, recalling the look of the dance floor-inspired guitar bands of the era, such as The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.

Photo courtesy / credits – Neil Hall / Reuters

Photo courtesy / credits – Neil Hall / Reuters

“With this super fun, youthful and stylishly scruffed-up collection, Topman Design has proven once again why it is a firm favourite for so many millennials,” — children born between the early 1980s and early 2000s — said the GQ review, calling the collection “explosive”.

Photo courtesy / credits – Neil Hall / Reuters

At the nearby Royal Institute of British Architects, luxury brand Barbour offered a predictably more sombre show, echoing its refined setting.

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The label offered cautious twists on its classics, pairing its iconic wax jacket with a blue plaid shirt and a short scarf, drawing inspiration from the “lumbersexual” look popular among urban males.

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The brand also showcased a limited edition of the famous jacket with lines by Scottish poet Robert Montgomery poems emblazoned on the back.

Photo courtesy / credits – Neil Hall / Reuters

Its garments were available for immediate sale under the “see now, buy now” policy, which has become increasingly common over recent seasons.

A model presents a creation at the Topman show during London Fashion Week Men’s 2017 January 6, 2017. — Reuters picA model presents a creation at the Topman show during London Fashion Week Men’s 2017 January 6, 2017. — Reuters pic

London Fashion Week Men’s will feature more than 50 shows as the country’s blossoming male fashion industry shows little sign of being dented by the Brexit shock.

 

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