Style Recap: London Menswear SS 2020
If, for the past week, you’ve been on a screen basically mainlining Spring/Summer 2020 collections into your eyeballs – you’re not alone. Menswear enthusiasts from all over the globe have either made the trip to London, or have been hastily checking their phones waiting to hear from critics, and to witness menswear history being made.
It has proven to be a very strong menswear season, and the clothing has – of course – played the most part, but arguably the sneakers weren’t far behind. A-COLD-WALL* rebuilt some Converse silhouettes, Craig Green took command of the Kamanda, and Kiko Kostadinov headed to the Kentucky Derby.
Another London menswear week has come and gone, so to round it all out we thought we would go over the craziest kicks that graced the catwalk.
The Gel-To Be Named
The first show opening up the Spring/Summer menswear calendar was Kiko Kostadinov’s Kentucky Derby–inspired collection. Referencing a Netflix documentary, a vibrant slew of looks were sent down the runway. On-foot, the models pranced about wearing a brand spankin' new ASICS silhouette that Kostadinov also created. Yet to be given an official name, three colourways have surfaced. There's no doubt these will drop very very soon, and will be a hit with the fashion crowd.
Commanding the Kamanda
Craig Green, a man that’s definitely made a splash on the London scene, didn’t just debut delightful clothing for SS20. Jumping on the collaboration train, Green continued his ongoing partnership with leather footwear company Grenson, and he also made a surprise stop at adidas station. The Kamanda was dipped in a number of colour combinations and blessed with translucent uppers, while the usual in-your-face sole has been kept reasonably intact.
Signature Prints and Furry Clogs
Paria Farzaneh had the usual eerie feeling at her show earlier in the week. Masked models, surveillance cameras aimed at the audience, and flowers symbolising freedom were just some of the happenings. As expected, there was a very heavy Iranian influence, not only amongst the garments, but also in the footwear. Canvas shoes featuring Paria’s signature print, as well as clogs lined with cowhide, made their way onto the catwalk – fitting in well with the collection.
No Stranger to Collaboration
A-COLD-WALL* is no stranger to collaboration, with a number of Nike models under their belt – such as the Vomero +5 and Air Force 1 – we were excited for their SS20 show to see what’s up next. The location was Printworks in London, and we saw arguably one of the best collections from Samuel Ross. Alongside the functional clothing, we were blessed with crazy reinterpreted Converse models and a few new additions. The main attraction in the footwear department though was a Chuck 70 given a rugged new sole and textured upper. The others were sleek suede models, some in a high-top iteration, and others in a low.