Best shows from LFWM FW17 Day 1: Topman Design and Craig Green

Best shows from LFWM FW17 Day 1: Topman Design and Craig Green

London Fashion Week Men's

Text: Weiqi Yap

As London Fashion Week Men's kicks off, Topman design brings us an LSD-infused lineup while Craig Green pushes the boundaries of utility wear

The collection: Starting off on a fairly mellow note — think: lush greys in quintessential British prints of checkers and pinstripes — this collection took a sharp turn down memory lane. The lineup saw everything from the psychedelic idealism of the '60s to the hedonistic raves of the '80s. Oversized denim (looks 15, 17, 18, 23 & 24) met its full potential as it accompanied a billowing poet blouse (look 16), a fuzzy hoodie (look 19), and a classic double-breasted coat (look 20). Fluorescent hues were given a modern overhaul — those padded bombers (looks 31, 33 & 40) and waterproof parkas (looks 29 & 42) are sure to stop traffic. If you thought the days of neon were over, think again.

Favourite look: The pinstriped ensemble topped off with a faintly acid-washed shearling jacket (look 1). The sheen of the jacket perfectly offsets the otherwise grandpa-esque quality of the matching set. We're all for mismatched charm.

Try this now: Sneak a crew neck T-shirt under your deep-V for added interest to your everyday getup (look 22). Bonus points if you opt for a graphic tee and a matching suit.

The collection: If you've been a follower of the Craig cult since the very beginning, you might be familiar with his variations of utility wear by now. The collection saw a return of deconstructed Moorish textiles (looks 8, 9, 10, 11, 20, 21 & 22), carefully traced with laced eyelets that held the arsenal of garments together. No stranger to functionality, Green dialled up the drama by introducing tougher materials this season. Armour vests were rendered in both ash suede (looks 5, 6, 17 & 18) and quilted leather (looks 23 & 24) — clearly undaunted by any climatic challenge.

I spy: Ruched crossbody sashes that come in the most unexpected shades of periwinkle, lemon chiffon, and sea foam (looks 28-32). Sounds like it's time for menswear to venture into uncharted territory — pastels.

Buro loves: Those speckled work jackets double-cinched at the waist with rope-like belts (looks 4, 7, 15, 16 & 19). It's all about the reinvented staple this season — get a head start by trying out this subtle but novel update.

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