It has been quite the busy week for menswear announcements, particularly those launching around London Collections: Men in January. Firstly, Lou Stopard, GQ Contributing Editor of GQ Online and Editor of ShowStudio, is curating Made About The Boy; an exhibition exploring teenage boys in menswear.
Opening 8th January (and running until 2nd April 2016) at The Fashion Space at the London College of Fashion off Oxford Street, the exhibition brings together works of a variety of well known designers and photographers, including Raf Simons, J W Anderson, Nick Knight, Kim Jones, Meadham Kirchhoff, Nasir Mazhar, Martine Rose, Christopher Shannon that obsess over the notion of youth within the industry. This is one of the biggest and most influential menswear exhibitions to date so make sure you are booked in to see it.
The second announcement is that one of the most darling of darlings of menswear, Lou Dalton, is partnering with the River Island Design Forum – an opportunity for the retailer to collaborate with superb London menswear talent. The mood board, above, shows the inspiration from photographer Perry Ogden’s book Pony Kids, as well as films The Rat Catcher and The Selfish Giant. As with all of her collections and catwalk, Lou has taken a nostalgic look back at her childhood in Shropshire, as well as the relationship between working-class children and work horses.
There is only 3 pieces that have been released as a preview, a coat, jacket and vest – all below – which leaves the other 10 pieces a mysteriously design dream until its launch in early January, both online and in selected stores.