The short film by Matt Lambert showcases collection pieces from some of London’s leading menswear talents including Agi & Sam, Richard James, Martine Rose and Jonathan Saunders.
You can see more coverage from when the London Showrooms exhibited in New York HERE.
Shaun Samson may not yet be a household name but the London based designer has been making a lot of noise with collections that feature everything from oversized takes on hockey jerseys to shirts made from Mexican blanket material. You can find his collections at top shops worldwide including Dover Street Market in London, and Opening Ceremony in NYC. I had a quick conversation with the MA grad from Central Saint Martins when he was in town for London Showrooms.
What foods do you like to eat in the different cities you frequent?
In London, any sort of ethnic food is fantastic. Indian, chinese and vietnamese food is all really great there. In LA of course Mexican food is the best there, and I have a few regular sushi spots as well.
What are your fashion pet peeves?
I don’t have any really. The one thing I wish was that people didn’t feel so compelled to follow the rules of fashion so much. Things like wearing sandals with socks etc. I think guys should feel free to experiment and not be so bound by strict rules of dressing. It’d be great to see more guys take risks.
What materials do you like to work with?
I like all types of materials. It just depends on what fabric best suits a certain piece. For my graduation collection I had some wool t-shirts that look great but probably weren’t the most comfortable for summer days. Since then I’ve decided that a t-shirt should be something you just throw on and I try to pick fabrics that not only feel great but are easy to wear and functional.
A look from Shaun Samson FW13
What music do you like to listen to while designing?
I like to listen to all types of music when I’m in the studio. I like to mix up rap, rock, and other genres. One thing I do play when I’m working late and everyone else is out of the office is 90’s r’n’b. R.Kelly, bump and grind type stuff. That’s something I always go back to and love hearing while I’m working late on collections.
Are you a film buff, what have you seen lately that you enjoyed?
I just watched the Marina Abrovich documentary and really enjoyed that. It was definitely a fascinating watch. Honestly I’m so really busy so I don’t often get to invest two hours in a movie but I do always enjoy watching documentaries because I feel like I can learn something from them. I am trying to keep up to date with Game of Thrones as well.
Where do you see the men’s market going?
I have no idea, but that’s what’s so good about it. You do notice that somethings happening, but you have to see where it goes. The moment you label something is when it dies.
Photos by Rocky Li
I dropped into the British Fashion Council’s London Show Rooms at Industria Superstudio in New York to check out the work of some very talented young designers from across the Pond. Below are some of my favorites from the men’s side of things for Fall/Winter 2013.
KTZ is a veteran brand in London fashion at this point. A regular favorite for the likes of Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, these pieces are sure to pop up in your social media feeds in the weeks to come. The collection is almost entirely monochromatic (black/white) with standout pieces being the 3M sleeved varsity and the terry cloth sweat set above (Hoody/Drop crotch sweatpants combo). Expect to see the likes of Opening Ceremony in New York carrying select pieces soon.
Lee Roach impressed me with his collection. The Central Saint-Martins men’s design grad had pieces on display that were amazingly cut and sophisticated for such a young designer. Very clean minimalistic designs with creative detailing like buckle closures this is a collection that will stay with me. I was also a huge fan of the white leather take on the chelsea boot above.
Agi and Sam are a design duo based out of London. Their creative process is a collaborative one, together they create colorful takes on traditional menswear. All of the prints in the line are custom developed and the color palette simultaneously pays homage to the tailoring of saville row, while bringing a dose of playfulness and youth to the designs. I definitely fell in love with the electric blue wool overcoat in the first image above. You’ll be hearing much more about Agi and Sam soon, they are set to launch a capsule collection with Topman.
Sibling is a London based men’s knitwear label. This past winter I’ve really been wearing knits quite often and seeing these fall/winter pieces up close, I definetly appreciate the quality behind each piece. Not for the timid set in the fashion world, Sibling will definetly get you noticed. Now someone please alert Killa Cam’s stylist about that pink mohair sweater.
Martine Rose is a designer I’ve liked since first seeing her fall/winter 2012 collection. It was great to see her creative take on men’s staples. There was a stronge sense of london counter-cultural edge to the line. The standout piece for me was anything that featured the terry cloth beer towels such as the hoody the model is wearing above.
Check the Third Looks tumblr for additional coverage and check back soon for my interview with Shaun Samson.