Best shows from LCM SS17 Day 3: J.W.Anderson and Christopher Raeburn

Best shows from LCM SS17 Day 3: J.W.Anderson and Christopher Raeburn

London Collections Men

Text: Ievan Darwin Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Jonathan Anderson draws inspiration from a famous little boy and Christopher Raeburn reduces, recycles and remakes

The inspiration: The SS17 collection was Jonathan Anderson's personal narration of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince.

The collection: Clearly, extremes were the agenda of the day. Extra large sleeves on colour block sweaters were made to hang beyond the hand, and trail the floor (looks 8, 19 & 26). Vibrant plaids paired with bibs (looks 5 & 12) and jigsaw-printed shirts with cartoonish graphics (looks 17 & 23) were given the elongated treatment — think: extra long silhouettes in the form of tunics. Dancing Egyptian Anubis came into play on collarless shirts (looks 30 & 32) — all to create that fantasy allure.

Accessories: A child-like collection requires adolescent accessories. A grown up interpretation of a child's imagination, pilot jumpsuits, kooky makeshift crowns and aviator goggles (sometimes worn together, looks 13, 17 & 29) recalled pages from the novella.


The collection: The futuristic space-themed collection at Christopher Raeburn's runway show was one that was extremely functional. On a mission to educate people on the importance of sustainability, the SS17 show was ready-to-wear crafted out of technical or recycled fabric. Outerwear — windcheaters, parkas and bomber jackets — were made from Nomex, an industrial fabric known for its water resistant and fireproof properties. Other industrial fabrications integrated into the clothes included Tyvek, a hardy yet lightweight material commonly used for courier envelopes, and recycled surplus parachute silk.

Something you might have missed: What looked like printed sweatshirts were actually alphabet and space motif patches specially designed to be stuck onto the velcro panel in the front (looks 14 & 30).

Reuse and reduce: A design element created to drive less garment wastage and longevity in one's clothes, the patches will be sold together allowing customers to personalise one's sweatshirts and cover-ups (looks 17 & 24). Velcro straps on utilitarian outerwear (looks 1, 3 & 4) designed to attach zip compartments easily further pushes the functionality of the garment and Raeburn's collection.

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