INTERVIEW: LET’S TALK MEN’S FASHION
This week is Graduate Fashion Week, meaning that all the talented grads are out in full force showcasing their amazing projects and schmoozing with the big names at the event. Fashion Week events are great opportunities to meet the key players in the field you are interested in, and to learn more about what the industry could offer you. It also gets your creative careers brain in gear as you wrap up your uni work and set sail for the working world.
I wanted to do a quick interview with a Menswear Fashion Designer to talk about their love of men’s fashion in particular; what it means to them and the role it plays in the fashion world. Meet Amanda Salway, an ex BA Fashion student and LFW volunteer.
Men’s fashion is a whole new world to womenswear. A designer can place a female in something outrageous and she will look fashion forward and acceptable, but for men this is more challenging and this is what I enjoy as a menswear designer. How can I push the boundaries and be fashion forward with my menswear without making the man look ridiculous? Men are more concerned about the detail and fit, practicality and the fabrication of clothing and it is this close attention to detail that I enjoy exploring in my work.
With the news yesterday of Maison Martin Margiela collaborating with H&M it seems Male Designers are really the focus in Fashion right now. Who’s your favourite and why?
My favourite designer has to be Lucas Ossendrijver who designs the menswear for the prestigious Parisian brand Lanvin. The Lanvin menswear is stunning with the use of luxurious fabric combinations and the quality of the detail. The brand is striving to push the limits of menswear but provides staple pieces along with more fashion forward garments. They have not forgotten the roots of their menswear which originated as bespoke tailoring and I love that this has continued in their collections today. The dream would to one day work with this brand as part of the design team.
Do you think there isn’t as much attention given to male bloggers/students?
I think that in the past menswear has never had as much attention as womenswear, evident in the small proportion of menswear students in comparison to womenswear. However I think that all this is changing especially in England with the launch of London Collections: Men, the focus being turned to menswear which I think is fantastic being a part of this industry. Male bloggers don’t get as much press as female bloggers but with this new attention to menswear this is bound to change. One of my favourite male bloggers that focuses on menswear and style is The Dandy Project, the blogger Izzy, who is based in New York.
What’s the most interesting part for you about the Men’s Fashion World?
For me what I think is most interesting about the men’s fashion are the real men of fashion. Men snapped during fashion weeks around the world and the street style. There are so many men out there with a sense of style and thrive off the small industry that is menswear. Womenswear street style is everywhere and consumes the majority of press space, however there are so many men that lovely developing their own unique style. As a designer, looking to men’s street style has a strong influence on my work.
What was your favourite trend that emerged from this year’s MFW?
At the moment I really love the surge of bright colour and print that menswear is seeing on the catwalks this year. The use of bold colour, now no longer a highlight for an outfit but more of a focal point with block colours. Also print splashed across garments especially all over prints within tailoring is exciting and I would love to see more men wearing printed suits as a playful and creative alternative to the standard classic suit
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