Best shows from LCM SS17 Day 1: Topman Design, Oliver Spencer and Craig Green

Best shows from LCM SS17 Day 1: Topman Design, Oliver Spencer and Craig Green

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Text: Ievan Darwin

Kicking off London fashion week, Topman Design brought the British seaside to the catwalk, Craig Green goes for colour-blocking, and Oliver Spencer reminisces about the Mediterranean in the 1950s

The Inspiration: A celebration of Britain and its glorious seaside towns, Topman Design took influences from mods, teddy boys and the 80s casual while injecting an American Hawaiian twist. Case in point: The modern interpretation of the ubiquitous beach souvenir graphics that one sees while driving from coast-to-coast in England. 

The collection: Beachwear was dominant from polo shirts paired with shorts (look 33) to a safari suit in swimwear fabric (look 32), and a towelling hooded kaftan (look 38). The classic sportswear in the form of tracksuits and rugby shirts were not forgotten, while matching shirts and short shorts ruled the runway (looks 4, 21, 30 and 37). Eventhough it was a summer collection, outerwear made an appearance in the form of cropped puffer jackets (looks 22, 23 and 25). Expect vibrant summery colours such as yellow and pink, as well as embellished prints such as palm trees, dolphins and mermaids — all to add to the summer seaside extravaganza.

Try it now: With Singapore's year-round summer clime, get adventurous and rock those short shorts in an array of colours. It keeps you cool, plus it gives you an opportunity to show off all the hard work you've put in at the gym.

The collection: Those quilted and loose boxy silhouettes — synonymous with all things Craig Green — returns to the catwalk, but this time offered in a winder range of blocked colours and prints. The winner of the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund this year, the designer showcased patchwork, paisley prints, and pieces deconstructed to give that undone armour look. Last season's draw-string hoods made a comeback, but the highlight was the procession of colour-blocked separates paired with scarves worn on the waist.

Something you might have missed: From the pictures, you won't notice that some looks are actually backless; held together by a grid-like pattern of thinly knotted ropes (looks 27 and 28).

Buro loves: The deconstructed trench coats with tied-together panels (looks 9, 18 and 25). It has the allure of the classic trench coat, but reinterpreted and with that unmistakable nihilistic Craig Green touch.

The inspiration: A house on the Island of Capri in Italy. The Casa Malaparte boasts a modernist Italian architecture and sits proud atop a vertiginous coastline for that perfect combination of minimalism and ruggedness, as seen in Oliver Spencer's spring/summer 2017 collection. The designer was also heavily influenced by the Mediterranean in the 1950s.

The collection: Relaxed, featuring a linear patterned Portobello jacket in navy and Pompeii red (looks 2 and 11), Tom's Jacket with long-line lapel detailing, and an array of lapel-less jackets in light hues for that easy laid-back aesthetic (looks 19 and 24). The prints featured were vibrant without being too loud, but still staying true to its zen-like aesthetic.

Front row: One Direction Niall Horan, Supermodel Eva Herzigova, and David Gandy all made appearance for the extremely packed show.

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