See London Collections: Men through the masterful photographic lens of Joshua Woods. Click through for the full gallery, and stay tuned for more from Milan and Paris, coming soon.
A few words from Joshua: “As a newcomer to LCM, and in fact London itself, I had know idea what I was getting into. I’ve heard a mix of things from photographers and blogger friends who’ve covered it in times past, but I had no presumptions.
“Rain pouring throughout the beautiful city wasn’t enough to disturb the ethos that exists amongst the menswear aficionados. ‘Some of the best structured clothing and innovative ideas come from London,’ said a friend of mine, designer and photographer Adam Rogers. ‘The energy that exists in this city is like no other place. You have a vast mixture of tailoring and streetwear combined, as well as a strong understanding of colors.”
From Joshua: “Moving along throughout my first day, I was eager to see what the home-team fashion house Topman had in store with their higher-end line, Topman Design. It was an interesting mix of colorful, chunky sweaters and heavily structured overcoats.”
From Joshua: “Another major highlight was Paul Smith’s collection, which was shown at Essie, a carpet shop in Mayfair. It was a very unique presentation as he mixed his collection with Ardabil rugs, which lent their unique color palette to his garments. He mentioned the craftsmanship that goes into the carpets as being very similar to how he creates his own garments.”
From Joshua: “As I fussed with my iPhone map and its inaccurate directions, I made my way through the Tube, almost getting off at the wrong stop as I headed to the most anticipated show of LCM, Burberry. It was almost as if I was going to see the almighty Oz, the way people chatted about it around town! Running super late, I raced up a long, historic road filled with amazing-looking museums, which I couldn’t resist stopping to snap photos of. As I arrived dripping in sweat, I was met by several officers who looked as if they would arrest you if you didn’t have an invitation to the show…
“But I made it! I was in. As I entered the venue, I saw nothing but standing room and knew I wouldn’t get any good shots. I quickly dashed to a place I knew I would get love: the photographers’ pit. As the show started, large cameras hovered overhead as if we were sitting courtside at a Knicks game. Out came the models, to the most stunning music. I quickly thought to myself, ‘This isn’t fashion. This is art.’ I was curious to see what designer Christopher Bailey was all about, and oh boy, was he about his business. Models wore floral prints and amazing, colorful scarves, leaving show-goers in complete awe.”
From Joshua: “I encourage all and everyone to make it to London. It’s a historic, vibrant city filled with loads of interesting people. Stay tuned for more of my adventures throughout the rest of the men’s shows. Next stop: Milan. Ciao!”