by Stephen Garner

LCM EDIT20It’s hard to believe that yet another buying season is about to commence, but it’s here again! Kicking off the season will be the men’s collections in London, under a new name and venue.

From Friday, January 6 through Monday, January 9, the newly re-branded London Fashion Week Men’s (formerly London Collections Men) will take place at The Store Studios at 180 Strand in the heart of London.

This season Vivienne Westwood will return to the schedule to show womenswear and menswear together on Monday evening. J.W.Anderson, nominated for British Menswear and Womenswear Designer at The Fashion Awards 2016 in partnership with Swarovski, is on the main catwalk schedule alongside British Emerging Talent nominee Charles Jeffrey, who will show as part of the Fashion East MAN initiative with Fen Chen Wang and Per Götesson.

The British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN Men initiative will see London’s brightest emerging menswear designers showcase their January 2017 collections. Alex Mullins, Craig Green, Cottweiler, Liam Hodges and Wales Bonner will host catwalk shows while Kiko Kostadinov and Phoebe English Man will host presentations. NEWGEN Men graduate Bobby Abley and will also present on the catwalk schedule this season.

LCM EDIT14Astrid Andersen, Belstaff, Christopher Ræburn, Nigel Cabourn and YMC are amongst the brands to show merged men’s and women’s collections this season. A number of brands will be debuting collections immediately available to buy including Agi & Sam, Chester Barrie, John Smedley and Maharishi.

Globally acclaimed brands Maison Mihara Yasuhiro, Songzio and XimonLee presented by GQ China will also be returning to the catwalk schedule. The wide range of talent on display continues with E. Tautz, Kent and Curwen, Lou Dalton, Matthew Miller and Sibling.

Stay tuned for our coverage of these events and more starting on Friday.