Letter From London: Men's Fashion Week

London Collections: Men, as it's officially known, is one of the vital fashion weeks on the schedule thanks to a full-to-bursting roster of homegrown talent. Here, Sweet's new London-based columnist Jessica Bumpus highlights the designers who are making it matter.

Ari & Sam's autumn/winter 2016 show.

It wasn't until June 2012 that London got its own fashion week dedicated to menswear. Up until then, there was just a measly one day tacked onto the end of London Fashion Week's womenswear shows. Since 2012, the four-day event (in fashion speak, four days qualifies as a week) has grown into a jam-packed schedule of shows and presentations, now boasting some of the industry's newest and most exciting names. Here are the designers to take note of from the fall/winter 2016 shows in London, which just wrapped yesterday.

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1 Wales Bonner

A 2014 graduate from London's renowned Central Saint Martins fashion school, Grace Wales Bonner landed herself a British Fashion Award for best Emerging Menswear Designer in 2015. It's not hard to see why: in just over a year she's managed to coin a cool louche Seventies look that girls want to wear just as much as guys.


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2 Craig Green

The darling of the London menswear scene, Craig Green can do no wrong. Another Central Saint Martins alumnus, Green also received the Emerging Menswear Designer award from the British Fashion Council in 2014. His calling card? A serene but gently layered aesthetic that boasts an element of utilitarianism, too.


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3 Agi & Sam

Otherwise known as Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, this duo's design philosophy is governed by a sense of humor. That attitude translates to anything from wearable and desirable menswear (fall/winter 2016 is a case in point) to face paint and Lego masks, which have featured in previous collections. Fun!


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4 Matthew Miller

A steadily rising star on the menswear scene, there's always something a little bit political about Miller's designs. Social observations are subtly worked into an approachable wardrobe, which moved into especially refined realms this season.


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5 JW Anderson

Be it for menswear or womenswear, JW Anderson—designed by British wunderkind Jonathan Anderson—continues to be the hottest ticket in town. Anderson was named best womenswear designer and best menswear designer last year at the British Fashion Awards, a double whammy of accolades that has never been achieved before. But his forward-thinking and innovative collections speak for themselves: we love the snail motifs jauntily crawling up and around his fall/winter 2016 collection.


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6 Liam Hodges

Among London's standout streetwear stars this season was Liam Hodges. The boy from Kent, who graduated from the Royal College of Art, was plucked from college to show during the spring/summer 2014 season. Ever since, we've been won over by his hip-hop-inspired supersized sportswear shapes.


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7 Lou Dalton

London is known for having an eclectic and creative roster of talent, which sometimes results in collections that don't have as much direct catwalk-to-sidewalk appeal as some of the other fashion capitals. Enter designer Lou Dalton, who cleverly manages to straddle the line between creativity and wearability—her lumberjack jackets, bombers and cozy camel coats were definitely high points of this season's collection.


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8 Maharishi

This cult brand joined the London Collections: Men schedule three seasons ago—and what a welcome addition it was. One part utilitarian and one part streetwear, Maharishi ticks all the right boxes right now (and then some) just as much as it did when the line launched in 1994. This season, you can't go wrong with the brand's camouflage hoodie.


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9 Christopher Raeburn

Another Royal College of Art graduate, Christopher Raeburn quickly became known for his utilitarian outerwear made from decommissioned parachutes, part of what he calls a "RE-MADE" design ethos. Raeburn excels at creating pieces that exude a fashion-first sensibility but are in fact sustainably produced. We're quite partial to his signature animal bags, which come in the shape of rabbits and sharks.


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10 Coach

Stuart Vevers, a homegrown U.K. talent, sure does know how to make good outerwear. He's the reason why owning only one coat or jacket simply won't do. Since his arrival at Coach in 2013, he's quickly managed to inject a serious dose of cool into the American heritage accessories brand. There's something effortless and easy about his designs, and for the past three seasons London has had the pleasure of hosting his collections.


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