London Fashion Week Men’s A/W 2020 Editor’s Picks
As the men’s shows kick off for A/W 2020 in the UK’s capital, we round up the standout moments from the city’s energetic talent, from Bethany Williams to Per Götesson
Band of Outsiders: Creative Director Angelo Van Mol reflected on a life on the road; childhood jaunts to forests, afternoons on the water and nights under the stars. Models in casual separates stalked a fleet of retro camper vans; colours such as campfire red, canoe yellow and sky blue suggested the great outdoors on a fresh winter morning. The Lithuanian-born illustrator Egle Zvirblyte’s bright, playful drawings featured throughout, as did a line of smart padded jackets covered in the seasonal bandana print, made in collaboration with London based outerwear brand Lu Mei. Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans
Qasimi: Qasimi embarked on a nomadic adventure for A/W 2020 in a collection that took in different cultures, traditions and customs from far flung corners of the globe and then fused them together with a city dwellers sensibility. Traveller-like overcoats with strong shoulder and subtly contoured waist lines enveloped the wearer, while oversized hand knitted jumpers appeared with contrast whip stitching running along seams. Elsewhere, slouchy double breasted blazers cut in plush velvet were matched with fluid wide leg trousers, and longer length shirts came embroidered gold thread rising sun motifs. Heavy duty charm bracelets adorned cuffs, and nap sack bags in soft calf leather came courtesy of Lutz Morris.
Bethany Williams: The designer began her A/W 2020 show with a short animated film created by Melissa Kitty Jarram. Brightly coloured collaged motifs evolved to a spoken word soundtrack celebrating family and its importance. All of the garments in the show were created in collaboration with a social project along with the continued support of loyal suppliers, craftspeople and manufactures who all have previously worked with Williams. Taking inspiration from children’s clothing, hand crafted jumpers knitted by the designers mother appeared in brightly coloured patchwork combinations, dungarees were imagined in boldy hued patchworks of cord and looks were paired with customised Adidas sneakers.
Per Götesson: Community sprit was at the heart of Per Götesson’s A/W 2020 collection, with the designer continuing to forge forward with his band of merry collaborators. As in previous seasons the show set was created by artist Tony Hornecker, while jewellery made from repurposed cutlery and coins came courtesy of Husam El Odeh. Another ongoing collaborator Kathy McGee, who uses 3D modelling to pattern make, worked on garments that seamlessly moulded opposing elements together. New to the group was artist Patrick Waugh whose collages were printed and patchworked onto denim. Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans