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January 10, 2014

London Fashion Week by Joshua Woods

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.”









[Topman Design]

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.”




[Topman Design]





 




[Paul Smith]

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.”




[Burberry Prorsum]

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!”


The man, the myth, the legend: Photographer Joshua Woods.
See more of his work on his website,
and follow him on Instagram (@joshuawoods).

Comments

Cassandra January 12, 2014 at 1:38 am

Excellent Bravo!!!

RD January 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Maybe with a couple of exceptions… the shots of “street fashions” in London were pretty awful in my view. I have always considered London as very stylish indeed, but from what I gather from the photos here… I’m thinking these are street scenes from outside Ringling Bros. clown college in Sarasota, Florida. These guys for the most part look ridiculous. If the object here was to capture the latest in fashionable clothing one might possibly consider wearing…. I’m thinking you missed the double-decked bus.

Justin, Blog Editor January 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Hi RD,
Thanks for reading and for your comment. Let the record show that clowning, in its own right, is an ancient and honorable art! All jokes aside, we at times view the realm of street style as part sartorial inspiration, part cultural anthropology. While shaving a lightning bolt into the back of one’s head isn’t for everyone, it’s certainly interesting to look at. (We’d even go so far as to note that this particular bolt was executed with a good deal of conviction and finesse.) Bear in mind that London was also one of the birthplaces of punk rock—as well as its infamous and ultimately influential visual trappings. The juxtaposition of such double take-inducing self expression alongside more traditional Savile-Row tailoring and London’s distinguished architecture makes it all the more thought-provoking, in our opinions. We’d be interested to know: Which of Mr. Woods’s photos were your favorites?
All the best, and thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts.
—Justin, Men’s Blog Editor

RD January 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Hey Justin,
I really appreciate you taking the time to respond.
OK. “part sartorial inspiration, part cultural anthropology”… I get it. Yes, London was the birthplace of punk rock, but for anything other than the shock value of some bizarre look that results in a laugh or more likely a cringe…it’s pretty much a waste of space to the “average” clothing consumer….ME. I also think time and focus (pun intended) by Mr. Woods would have been better applied to more shots of the Paul Smith collection and Burberry for sure. More emphasis on Savile-Row tailored and actually wearable fashion….you bet. When I first noticed this article, the opening screen announces “London Fashion Week” and “London Collections Men” gained my interest for sure. However, repeated shots of Ronald McDonald and Lightening Bolt Boy seemed excessive and a bit of a “bait and switch.” Three photos from the Burberry Show that were shot from a distance of where…Cleveland? The other a shot showing the parade of models, but not really showing me….the interested customer….anything. I’m not beating up on Mr. Woods or his ability here…I just happen to think the photos he provided in his report could have been taken on any day of the week in London if the objective was to capture “punk fashion”… I still can’t seem to figure out what this has to do with me wanting to see more about London Fashion Week? OK Justin, we don’t need to beat this into next week, but as far as Milan Fashion Week is concerned, can we maybe see more inside the actual show this time around? Funny in a way though, I’ve been to Milan and I can tell you there will be plenty of fashionable people in the street to photograph….many will be dressed as fashionably if not more than what you will see inside on the runway. So please…if Mr. Woods again feels the need to photograph Pagliacci…at least direct him across the street to La Scala.

Justin, Blog Editor January 20, 2014 at 11:42 pm

RD, we appreciate you taking the time as well. Your feedback is valued and duly noted. As much as we enjoyed Mr. Woods’s work in London and Milan, we have a feeling that his upcoming dispatch from Paris will be your personal favorite!
All the best,
Justin, Men’s Blog Editor

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