The designers to look out for at London Fashion Week Men’s AW17

London Fashion Week Men’s begins tomorrow, where the finest talent in menswear design will showcase their Autumn/Winter 2017 collections. Both established fashion houses and newer labels alike will hold catwalk shows in the city, and with so many exciting catwalk shows from a variety of talented designers to choose from, here’s our pick of who is on our radar this year – so be sure to check out them out.

Alex Mullins

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After studying at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, and working for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, and Kanye West, Alex Mullins set up his own brand in 2014. Taking inspiration from everyday life, the designer reworked the classic men’s wardrobe by developing bespoke textiles to give his pieces a handmade, DIY feel, while still maintaining high quality and style. With each collection he aims to build an immersive world and narrative around the clothing, which will make the brand a particularly interesting one to watch as they show their new collection at this year’s London Fashion Week Men’s.

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Martine Rose

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Originally beginning as a menswear shirt label, British designer Martine Rose has gone on to win the NEWGEN Award, develop catwalk collections, pick up stockists across the world, and collaborate with the likes of Timberland, Wallpaper Magazine, Ligne Roset, and CAT. Her SS17 collection was an interesting mix of tailoring and classic sportswear, with striped shorts and cricket jumpers seen alongside smart trousers and shoes, and we’re keen to see what she does with her next collection.

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XIMON LEE

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Korean designer Ximon Lee was born in China and is now based in Berlin. He graduated from Parsons with the Best Menswear Designer Award in 2014, and was the first menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award in 2015. He then started his own line XIMONLEE, and his innovative designs are making waves across the industry. The brand’s SS17 collection saw the designer use an intriguing mix of fabrics, such as clear plastic-like material and shiny patent fabrics, to style highly creative clothing in a range of silhouettes, shapes, and colours, all with a sense of intricacy and originality. You’re sure to see more some incredible designs during his AW17 show at this year’s London Fashion Week Men’s.

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Katie Eary

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Katie Eary graduated with an MA in Menswear Design from the Royal College of Art in 2010, won the NEWGEN award in 2011, has collaborated with Kanye West, launched her own brand, which has now reached its tenth season. The idea of subculture – which questions conformity and establishes a new collective style and culture – drives the British designer’s work. She creates subversive silhouettes from classic tailoring techniques and uses bold prints and colours, drawing from many beloved subcultures to inform her designs, which should be a treat to see in her AW17 collection at this year’s show.

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John Lawrence Sullivan 

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Former professional boxer Arashi Yanagawa founded John Lawrence Sullivan in 2003, with the brand’s name designed to pay homage to men who embody traits like strength, personality, and dignity, and who never back down from a challenge. Yanagawa’s designs put an edgy twist on tailoring, incorporating traditional elements with a modern sensibility, and are built on the concept of a masculine image that is both powerful and elegant, as will be seen with the showcase of the brand’s latest collection.

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ART SCHOOL

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ART SCHOOL aims to redefine the limitations of fashion by blurring the lines between men’s and women’s clothing, creating a modern representation of unisex clothing. Directed by creative partners and designers Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt, the label is a platform for them to explore queerness and non-binary identities by using luxury fashion as a communicative tool. Their show at this year’s London Fashion Week Men’s is a must see, challenging stereotypical notions of gendered clothing and opening up discussion.

London Fashion Week Men’s takes place 6-9th January 2017. Stay tuned with Spindle Magazine for coverage across the four days.