Three Menswear Designers to Watch at London Fashion Week

From the new to the established.

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London Fashion Week is nearly upon us. While at this month’s New York Fashion Week men’s and womenswear co-existed, the London equivalent has typically been more of a split affair. But, even with that being the case, there’s still more than enough menswear to take a look at this upcoming season.

We’ve chosen the best brands due to show this season and our choices vary from the established to the graduate, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. So, without further ado, here’s our list of the top three designers showing at LFW.

Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner needs little introduction, having been the first menswear designer to win the LVMH prize back in 2016. Since then the designer has gone from strength to strength while never betraying what the brand became known for.

Taking influence from the black diaspora, Wales Bonner has since expanded her collection into womenswear. It’s a natural step for the designer as her delicate take on menswear was always bound to attract consumers from the opposite sex. This season marks the designer’s arrival on the womenswear schedule, but the show is still expected to include a host of menswear pieces.

Zilver

Created by Pedro Lourenco, Zilver is a newer addition to the calendar. The brand, which launched in 2018 is focused on sustainability, has successfully merged its menswear and womenswear by using a singular sportswear silhouette to create a uniformity across the range.

Androgyny has long been a selling point for brands, but Zilver has made it a natural extension of the label rather than an empty conversation starter. And that ethos shows through in its creations.

The University of Westminster Graduate Collection

Menswear Designers London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 Zilver Wales Bonner University of Westminster Graduate Collection

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The University of Westminster might not be as well known as other fashion-focused universities, but it’s already produced HYPEBEAST favorites such as Priya Ahluwalia and Robyn Lynch (pictured above), so it’s a show to keep an eye on.

This season there are six menswear designers on show: Anna McKernan, Eduardo Wever Vegas, Glenn Wigham, Isabel MacInnes, Jade Goodwin and James Harjette. All of the graduates come with solid internship experience, having worked with the likes of Martine Rose, Ecklaus Latta, Aitor Throup and Tom Ford amongst others.

Of the six, the designer we’ve got our eye on is Anna McKernan, who looks to punk, reggae, Indian heritage and ’70s youth culture for inspiration.

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