London Menswear Spring 2014 Collections

Posted on June 18, 2013

Astrid Andersen

Who’s up for some fabulously batshit crazy London menswear, kittens? We don’t know about you, but we definitely are. This is just a snapshot of what’s been walking the runways in London this season, and it’s chock full of the kinds of challenging if not outright insane clothes most men either can’t pull off or don’t have the nerve to try. Still, we love it all. We really do. We’re in that camp who can’t really pull any of this stuff off, but it’s a delight to see men dolled up in something other than the same 100-year-old (literally) suiting. Let’s hear it for the peacocks. You strut that shit, boys. Yes, even the lace body suit. Lighten up, it’s fashion, darlings! Silly, glorious, outrageous, colorful, makes-no-sense fashion.

Agi & Sam

Alexander McQueen

Astrid Andersen

Burberry Prorsum

Christopher Kane

J. W. Anderson

James Long

Lee Roach

MAN

Shaun Samson

Sibling

Topman Design

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com]

    • gabbilevy

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHA (gasp) AHAHAHAHAHH

      But in all seriousness, this is probably the closest approximation I’ve seen to … what if fashion treated menswear like womenswear? Weird shapes, colors, broad ranges of style. There’s a lot of out-of-the-box thinking, and I can appreciate that.

      • random_poster

        You said it all right there!

      • angryparsnip

        I was going to write the same thing. Only you said it better.
        Equality of the sexes…. we can all be smuched into the latest trends no matter how silly we look. You go London !
        Can’t wait to see the lace body suit walking down the street

        cheers, parsnip

        • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

          You have the best name ever. Ever.

          • angryparsnip

            what a hoot your name and photo is !

            cheers, parsnip

      • sweatpantalternative

        I appreciate that most of the Sibling and Astrid Andersen pieces are as unforgiving to real men’s bodies as most high fashion is to real women’s bodies. Ignoring for the moment that 99.9% of real world males wouldn’t wear those pieces anyways, any male with more than just 2% body fat would look absolutely hiddy in them.

      • kmk05

        My Diet Coke ended all over my keyboard at the J. W. Anderson halterneck (3rd picture from the left, row 6). This insanity is wonderful.

        • j_anson

          That was actually one of my favorites of these looks! At least it wasn’t just “standard mens’ clothing done in garish colors/patterns” or “men stuffed into poorly tailored weirdly shaped sacks.”

          • kmk05

            It’s just so ‘out there’ because we are so used to this shape, but here it’s reinvented! That and the lace stuff, which is so reminiscent of the past two womenswear seasons on the high street: Topshop, H&M, Miss Selfridge… Everyone has lace. To see the designers go with it for men made me fist-pump. Oh yeah, if it’s scratchy for me it will damn well be scratchy for you too.

            • j_anson

              I loath most uses of lace on women, and I loath them equally on men, but I hear your from the standpoint of scratchy fashion justice. :)

            • AnneElliot

              “Scratchy fashion justice” — LOVE this!

        • formerlyAnon

          That’s a very sexy shirt. IMO, very, very.

          I don’t see anyone I know over 25 having the balls to wear it, and nobody under 25 that’s interested in my gender, that I can think of off the top of my head. A pity.

          • kmk05

            You’d have to find someone to wear it with that cropped non t-shirt of Astrid Andersen (3rd picture from the left, row 3) that they’d transform into a bolero.

            • formerlyAnon

              I am pretty sure I’m not going to find anyone volunteering any time soon. (I dislike that cropped non t-shirt as you so aptly put it. No mystery, no drama. Just cheap display.)

          • demidaemon

            Yes, but how many of those people could actually afford it?

            • formerlyAnon

              Ha! In the unlikely (very) event that draped, high necked halters for men become the fashion rage, that’s an easy pattern to make up. I could even do it.

              Somehow, though, I don’t see the demand arising.

        • Emily

          That halter looks like it came from my sister’s closet. It’s clearly designed for a woman. I’m just in awe.

          • kmk05

            I think I’m just angry that it falls so much better on someone with no cleavage *shakes head in frustration and despair*

            • formerlyAnon

              I think “better” kind of depends on one’s overall position on/interest in boobs.

        • joything

          In my college town, tee shirts get the sleeves ripped out so far, this halter is basically the look boys will wear for pickup basketball games.

        • YoungSally

          I could totally see Austin Scarlett owning that halter….but his would be made of an Hermes scarf.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Brava gabbilevy, for saying it all so succinctly and beautifully. Its just about time men left behind the bland lifeless Vicrtorian ideal of masculine beauty

      • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

        I just starting laughing and laughing and that is what I was going to post but clearly you did it for all of us. Seriously. This is all f-ing hilarious.

    • plinkiedoodle

      I just can’t hang with this…

    • BEARAYMOND

      Certainly Challenging. But I can totally see Lorenzo in those Burberry looks. Love that they are ALL. OVER. THE MAP. in terms of style, etc. Lace Bodysuits to camo coats. Whee!

      • JosephLamour

        I would rock the shit out of: Burberry, Christopher Kane, James Long & Lee Roach. It’s all about context. Man I really want to put on that red Christopher Kane outfit. It is the tops.

        • Lucía Gavello

          I LOVE that red outfit, especially the pants. I’m thinking we’re gonna see Rihanna working some of that collection too. The Burberry stuff, I adore, no surprise there.

      • MichelleRafter

        The Burberry looks were my favs.

    • Diego!

      I loved loved loved the Burberry Prorsum collection. The others are hideous!

      • nyazgirl

        I agree. I thought that line was adorable.

    • Peri7473

      Alan Cumming!!!

      • MoHub

        First row, first outfit.

    • nyazgirl

      Wait. Did Anderson design a fashionable colostomy bag??? I just can’t unsee any of this. I . just. can’t.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180174329 Elizabeth Phillips

      Some of the Burberry stuff is okay. Everything else is just bizarre beyond words…

    • newleaf1

      Alan cumming – and probably nobody else.

      • MoHub

        Graham Norton back in the day, but he no longer wears the fun stuff.

      • Rand Ortega

        Matt Smith? Kevin McHale? ZQ?

        • zmayhem

          Heh. I was just about to suggest Kevin McHale, but you got there first.

          Or Ezra Miller (of We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower). And Darren Criss could probably work a (very) few individual bits and pieces into his existing wardrobe without the rest of the world collapsing in helpless giggles. And that’s all the Americans I can possibly think of who could manage it.

      • joything

        I posted an idea for a game downthread, that y’all have started here: match the look to the BritStar!

    • Elena

      I kind of love the Burberry pieces, and think that they would make a nice transition for men into something a little different without being too out there.

    • Synnamin

      There is certainly a lot of hilarity there. Does anyone else think that many of these pieces look like pajamas?

    • filmcricket

      The Burberry stuff is my favourite, too, even if they look like they’re missing their keytars.

    • bgrayduck

      Do you think the models walk in and go “you have got to be s***** me”….. ?

      • majorbedhead

        ETA: The first model, in the big photo, looks as if he’s saying “Come ON, really?? REALLY??”

        Look at the smirks on the models in the Sibling line.They look like they’re all having a good chuckle at it. I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face. This is hilarious stuff.

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        Crazy outfits but totally walkable shoes – across the board. The guys have got it good.

    • MilaXX

      I had to squint, but I would love to see a young hipster like Kevin McHale wearing that first suit. I also think bits and pieces of the other collections could work. My picks; 3rd jacket/second row, all the pieces on the 4th row, pants on the 6th row, and the t shirt on 7.

    • majorbedhead

      I could see Alan Cumming in that first blue suit. The rest of the stuff has just reduced me to giggles.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Why is the Audreybot modeling the McQueen menswear?

    • DaveUWSNYC

      The Astrid Andersen shoulder-pad T is already getting notice on the gay blogs – expect to see it this summer at boybar near you (would save time for the ripped boys – they won’t have to pull the t-shirt up and over their heads to reveal the goods).

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Josh.

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        Lol!!

      • calbear97

        Nailed it!

    • yethica

      And now the men can understand better how women feel looking at fashion lines the vast majority of the time. And by that I mean WTF.

      • marlie

        Fer realz. BTW, hi friend! xoxo

        • yethica

          Hiya!

    • Nancer

      ha ha ha ha ha ha….!!!!!!

    • hughman

      Oxford Clown Academy, Class of ’13.

    • marlie

      I’m sorry, but NO. Most of these clothes have reached a level of whatthefuck-ery that I just can’t sign off on. I can see the Burberry translating to the red carpet or real life, but that’s it.

    • Beardslee

      I’d love to know how a designer can make a living by selling outre clothes like this. Even toned down for retail, these would appeal to such a small number of people, I’d think. Are there enough buyers to make payroll?

      I know I’m showing my ignorance here. What don’t I know about the fashion industry? Please enlighten me.

    • Glam Dixie

      The look on that first model’s face says it all, doesn’t it?

    • P M

      I was taken aback at first, but the more I saw it the more I like it!

    • Jessica Freeman

      3rd row down, 3rd pic, that should be Henry Cavill’s required red carpet shirt for the remainder of his pole dancing for Man of Steel.

      • marlie

        I saw Man of Steel last night, and WHOA, MUSCLES. He still doesn’t do it for me, but he was certainly nice to look at for a couple of hours.

    • Rand Ortega

      When a designer channels The Master Computer from the original “TRON”, all’s right w/ the world.

      • StellaZafella

        All of these clothes need to come off all of these models…RIGHT NOW…preferable in small, film-able groups.
        And, it’s just too bad that nobody here looks like Jeff Bridges.

        • Rand Ortega

          Jeff Bridges circa “Tron” & “Star Man”– Swoontastic!

    • MoHub

      I love that the McQueen models are wearing Mary Janes.

      • alyce1213

        And Zosia Mamet hair.

    • MaggieMae

      Go Burberry!

    • Dan_In_NYC

      I’m sure we can all agree there just aren’t enough men’s halter tops in the world. Or, you know, velour lounge wear.

    • kayleymaybe

      I don’t understand – these designers have to be making money somehow to be able to put on these shows, right? Yet, I can’t picture anyone paying money for a lot of these items. So do they just have less-crazy versions that they actually sell? I understand wanting to design fashion-as-art (as opposed to comfort or practicality), but I don’t understand how they financially make it work.

    • deathandthestrawberry

      The rockabilly shirts on the bottom are pretty hot, but the rest is… I was going to say interesting, but that sounds like a slam. Some of the other looks are quite fun, just not my thing. Wrong audience, I guess. Computerized pattern-making seems quite the thing these days.

      • marlie

        Hipster boy-stars all over NY and Hollywood are going to go for the rockabilly shirts.

    • Carrieanno

      Yet more signs of the decline of civilization.

    • nannypoo

      These poor guys had to go home after the show and face their friends. There is not enough money in the world to make this worthwhile

      • Eric Stott

        I suspect that their friends are other models who would listen to their tale & reply “Well, at least it wasn’t a Project Runway Menswear Challenge”

    • http://thishotoldbroad.blogspot.com/ Sara Leigh Merrey

      Batshit crazy doesn’t come close to describing these things. Sorry, but no. Only Burberry seems close to something someone might actually wear.

    • RebeccaKW

      The Topman designs (very rock-a-billy) and Burberry-I can see those on some celebs. I feel like Alan Cumming and Matt Smith are probably the only ones that could wear the rest and look GOOD.

      • Mod_girl

        I immediately thought “Alan Cumming” when I saw the Alexander McQueen!

    • Frank_821

      Here’s the thing. Yesterday Yahoo posted an article by a woman critic who highlighted what she thought the more ridiculous pieces. Some of them are here. There’s even whackier stuff than what you see here.

      The truth is about half of this could be worn in the right context. It’s batshit crazy because let’s face it a lot of these deisgns are batshit crazy (lace jogging suits, macramee shorts and top, workout shorts with fruffy insert). But the other reason of course is the way these are styled to be as cray-cray as possible. One shot not shown is a guy is a purple print suit with a matching handbag

      You can actually take several individual pieces, anchor them with something more toned down and make them work. Example the Angi and Sam suit jacket in the first picture, first row would look slamming if paired with some solid trousers. It will still be for a specific customer but designers are told to go after a specific target in order to evolve their identity and POV

    • Latin Buddy

      Love the colors in the Burberry

    • dalgirl

      Is that the Audreybot in the first Alexander McQueen photo?

    • quiltrx

      BWAHAHAHA!! That was awesome. I would love to see a “man on the street” getting reactions to these from regular guys. Halter tops? Mary Janes? Pink mesh sportswear?
      I was just musing that we would see a LOT of these in music videos if it were the late 80s-early 90s. The Christopher Kane and James Long shirts, for sure.

      • MoHub

        Don’t forget the Astrid Andersen dress over giant shorts.

    • NMMagpie

      That Burberry with the polka dots and striped tie is sooooo Mad Men Ginsburg, I can’t stand it. LOVE!

    • Blair Sylvester

      I’m pretty sure Marc Jacobs has bought the first look in every color. I really hope he wears that out somewhere.

    • DesertRodent

      It feels a lot like going to the art museum. Say, the Tate Modern.

    • Miss WKS

      LOVE it all…it’s so bright and gay!

    • Chaiaiai

      Astrid: YAAAAAS. giving us what we need, publicly-displayed abs. bless.

      McQueen third model: zosia mamet realness

      J.W.: Everything But The Girl lead chanteuse-inspired

      MAN: child

    • Libster

      OK — wearing a TRON face? I just can’t unsee it.

    • mhleta

      The Topman is my favorite. I like the Burberry, too. Clothing for real human men. The rest of it’s birth control, as far as I’m concerned. Amusing and clever, but not terribly attractive.

      • Donna Tabor

        Birth control! Exactly.

    • Eric Stott

      Lots of fun on the runway, but most of these are a real life No-No

    • mjude

      just for a moment i would love to live in a world where all the boys dressed like that. how fun to sip champagne & just have some girl talk. anyone like to join me?

      • formerlyAnon

        Girl talk? I’d love to go to a reception or other suit jacket, ties optional event with dancing with a reasonably fit partner wearing the JW Anderson halter rather than a dress shirt. I’d be living for the moment he hung the jacket on the back of his chair. (ETA: not that I’ve ever had a partner who would agree to do so.)

        But, um, maybe that’s just me . . .

        • mjude

          hell yes girl talk, stop by for a drink on your way to your fabulous day / night.

    • JP

      If we see anyone wearing this shit IRL, I say the law requires us to point and laugh.

    • RedRaven617

      J.W. Anderson for the cray-cray win.

    • bertkeeter

      Kane n Burberry nice…the rest are probally all looking for new jobs by now!

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Other than Burbury Prorsum, I think the only thing that came to mind was, “Nawl.”

    • Jenna Chapman

      Burberry Prorsum <3

      but actually, Christopher Kane's is pretty cool too.
      The rest… ;)

    • Maine1ac

      That top photo looks more like Astrid Anderson, with the same white lace and sandals. I love most of this, even though I don’t expect to see it on my suburban South Florida streets any time soon. It’s awesomely out there.

    • http://twitter.com/ZumaZoum Eric

      Christopher Kane, far right outfit, I’ll take the whole look please! (And various models on this page *cough*)

    • formerlyAnon

      Hmm. “Slumber party” was the prompt?

      That said, I LOVE LOVE the JW Anderson enormous trousers. On skinny, long-legged guys, anyway.
      (Cannot defend that, btw & not even going to try. But when I am In Charge, every guy 5′ 10″ and over who’s short waisted and borderline underweight will be issued them as a uniform. Others may choose to wear them or not, as they please. I Have Spoken.)

      • In_Stitches

        It kind of an awesome take on androgyny. A lot of those looks have roots in feminine fashion and yet they are decidedly masculine, almost made more so be the juxtaposition of the ideas in play.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        Yes – those trousers are great. There’s a very tall Chinese man who works near me who could and would wear them with aplomb.

    • j_anson

      These clothes almost all display the same problem I usually have with “off-beat” men’s wear collections: it seems like the designers’ guiding principle is “not a suit” which is not, in itself, enough to produce clothes that have their own inherent voice and interest. There’s a lot of awkward shapes and colors here, and there are certainly *themes,* but there’s little that looks like it has a *vision*.

      This is a case where I think designers might benefit from going to other cultures for inspiration. Not too literally, of course, because you don’t just want costume or full-on appropriation. But other cultures demonstrate that there ARE other shapes besides the suit that flatter mens’ bodies, and I think designers need a healthy dose of that.

    • Emily

      Nicely done Astrid Andersen. I’ll take the one with (essentially) no shirt on. Send him on over to California.

    • TLJezebel

      I want to party with every one of those cute boys!

    • MK03

      Let’s play “Which One Will Kevin McHale Wear First?”

    • RandiLu

      I think the “cut out chest” shirt needs to start being a central part of a man’s wardrobe.

      Ok, some men’s.

    • http://CallMeJane.com/ CallMeJane

      I could see Tilda rock almost any of these. I know she’s not the intended, but still.

      • marlie

        And that would be glorious.

    • crash1212

      OMG. That is all.

      • Not applicable

        i just picture those lace work out suits taking off on the Jersey Shore… and the guys being, like, “wha? It’s high fashion!!”

        • Eric Stott

          I’m picturing the suntans if they wear those outdoors

    • Ramon Figueroa

      I hope to see more of the men’s fashion week looks. These are tame by comparison to some of the stuff I’ve seen: Shrouds for homeless people! Attack of the garbage people! Club kids for the 28th century! Hysterical. Would love to read the comments from the bitter kittens. The Miss Universe Pageant has nothing on those. The Paris designs are particularly wacky (mais bien sur!)

    • demidaemon

      Halter tops on men? NO.

      The fact that lace has finally weaseled its way into menswear? A sign of the fashion and perhaps the true apocalypse.

      The Burberry is the only set that doesn’t make me want to immediately a) claw my eyes out and b) send cease and desist letters to obviously cracked out fashion designers.

    • madscntst

      Topman Design? More like bottom man…

    • jw_ny

      It would be fun if we lived in a society where men were less inhibited and would actually wear clothes like these that deviated from the norm…

    • sylverlight

      Um… No. Just NO. Crazy fun to look at for entertainment? Sure. But to WEAR?! I seriously hope none of them men in my life try to dress like that. And if any guy came up to me dressed like that, I’m sure I’d be laughing too hard to hear anything they had to say.

      Wow.

    • jilly_d

      lawlz

    • joything

      I have to share this on Facebook, asking, as gabbilevy did, “What if fashion treated menswear like womenswear?” This is runway equality.

    • joything

      Here’s a game: match the outfit with the BritStar. Which is Henry Cavill’s look? Which one is all Benedict Cumberbatch? I say the 4th row, for example, would clothe Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Colin Firth and Ewan MacGregor. 3rd row, 2nd from right, let’s see THAT on Henry Cavill! OK, go!

    • Mrs. Julien

      Thank you! I needed a good laugh. Not even Alan Cumming could pull some of these looks off.

    • Ros

      Alan Cumming for the Alexander McQueen suits.

    • MsMajestyk

      I love the batshit. I NEED that Topman cowboy sweater. Loving the James Long and Christopher Kane garments.

      I must take a picture of those Burberry model’s hair to my stylist next time. I’m looking a little too Dorothy Hamill these days.

    • no_sew

      It is great fun to look at. Just hoping that the designer is not planning on actually selling 80% of it.

    • PrunellaV

      The models all look like they’re walking the runway thinking, “It’s a living…”

    • kirkyo

      Blond thumbnail/lead dude in white lace thing is hot. Doesn’t appear to thrilled with said white lace thing.

      Cheer up, bro. You still look very manly.

    • frannyprof

      Love the Burberry!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      That was delightful. Now what will men really be wearing this season?

    • Qitkat

      I could be on board if the next Doctor dresses like Burberry Prorsum, with an occasional Christopher Kane tee shirt, or James Long shirt.

      All the rest, batshit insanity. It would be fun to see a video of the models getting their first glimpse of what they were told to wear. Or is it all, *stiff upper lip, old chap, no laughing allowed in here*?

    • CeeRich

      I need to be the model casting director for Astrid Andersen. Ahem.

    • Qitkat

      I just now realized, there are FACES on two of the Christopher Kane shirts!

    • conniemd

      Burberry, James Long and Topman might actually sell. As a straight woman if I saw a man in any of the others I’d be laughing so hard that it wouldn’t matter how cute or hunky he was I simply could never get in the mood.

      • Tracy_Flick

        Me too, but I’m not sure you and I are the target audience….

    • Lanus

      That very first Agi & Sam suit with the floral print? Will be seen on Alan Cumming in the near future. I’m calling it now.

    • lilibaiyu

      LOL Great! Wow, people are really certifiable nutzo in the fashion industry! Oh, it’s out of the box, alright. :-)

    • joanna dash

      The Burberry looks like Roy Lichtenstein paintings come to life, complete with Ben-Day dots.

    • joanna dash

      The J. W. Anderson collection is like Japanese flags meet gay origami.

    • joanna dash

      Christopher Kane: easter island meets stonehenge at a poorly constructed tiki bar.

    • joanna dash

      The Alexander McQueen: Oscar Wilde as dressed by Maria von Trappe.

    • AnneElliot

      What fresh hell is this?????????

    • Crow Winters

      People complain about menswear being too conservative, then you get this comment section.

    • Pudgy Possum

      We needed baby steps in mens fashion . . . BABY STEPS.

    • Sarah Thomas

      I will take all of the topman shirts to go please. Not for the boys. For me.

    • cowper

      Christopher Kane FTW!

    • chowwander

      First row, last two on the right, it’s like: “I’ve GOT it. They’re PAPER DOLLS. In SCRUBS. We’ll put them on white to show their clever paper dollness.”

    • BeeBeauNYC

      The James Long line is fabulous!

    • chowwander

      A Prometheus Engineer walks into a doily….

    • ankali

      I dig the McQueen, like, a lot. I always like that house’s menswear.

    • Sonja Brisson

      The Teddy Bear on the shirt front from…MAN! That is a major crack up. This would be the case for a woman’s shirt too. Just dumb, too dumb to be ironic (plus fuggly).

      The Christopher Kane stuff is cool.

      But generally, I dunno. Men have it really tough. I want them to have fun with fashion. Maybe I just need to acclimate to ‘ridiculous wear’ for both sexes and then be sure to not buy it!

    • sleepycat

      i need one of everything from the Burberry collection

    • gefeylich

      Lots of pajamas and inverted pants pockets, finished off with a tribute to 1980s Melrose Avenue (Nudie’s style Western shirts,baggy pleated trousers, thin metallic belts, pointed-toe brogues – bravo Topman). Certainly not boring at all.

    • jangma

      That Christopher Kane collection is tripping me out…

    • Aurumgirl

      This definitely forces you to wonder what gender’s all about. I like that.

    • RussellH88

      Why can’t I have Burberry clothes? Why isn’t the closet in my apartment filled with Burberry?

    • Danielle L

      Love the Burberry Prorsum, but WHAT on EARTH is Sibling drinking?

    • Lesley

      this is a cross dressers dream!
      (not meant to be offensive, love for all )

    • Mona_Visa

      Pretty sure they designed those prints using The Sims software.

    • Patrick Cleary

      I love all of these with all my heart. Men should be free to let fashion get crazy. Men’s clothes are so damned boring.

    • Shawn EH

      That’s what was missing: mesh big enough to stick limbs through and male espadrilles!

    • Airkisses

      Those James Long models are YUMMY (esp. the one on the far right!)

    • Sushy Gooroo

      Nice colours and such but very unsexy. The right kind of clothes for the modern metrosexual man who pushes the pram and cries when he watches Little House on the Prairie. Give us clothes that accentuate the male body and bring back the macho bodies. Remember when men had broad shoulders?
      Oh, and on a side note: The Shaun Samson model on the left has really bizarre ears.

    • everest19

      Amazing perfection. I would wear everything going on for Burberry.

    • librarygrrl64

      No. Just, no.

    • Kikishua

      How come they look almost universally pissed off – except the ones modelling Sibling?

    • andor_2001

      They all look like some Arab princess’ harem-kept boy-toys