Opening the first day of London Collections: Men was Topman with its "Northern Surf" themed show. Retro sportswear progressed into tailored, striped pyjamas, along with wide-legged chinos paired with leather and denim jackets masked with woven badges; a current take on northern-soul-inspired looks, which was playful and a great introduction to the SS'16 collections.

Topman SS'16 Collection. Photos by

Craig Green followed, a staple favourite at LC:M, presenting us with colour blocking, using vivid hues of yellow, orange and green in his quilted ensembles, crafted into his familiar silhouettes.

Craig Green SS'16 Collection. Photos by

Straight after, we headed to see the MAN show, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this season. Opening the show was a short video of some of the founders and major supporters of MAN (Lulu Kennedy and Mandi Lennard to name a couple) talking about what made them start the platform, how quickly it expanded and how it gave young designers the opportunity they needed. This was a lovely surprise, and got everybody even more excited for the two current designers showing with MAN - Rory Parnell-Mooney and Liam Hodges.

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Both collections were strong, dark and kept within their aesthetics. Parnell-Mooney's SS'16 collection gave us more skin, knitwear and flashes of colour on a few of the garments, while Hodges introduced some football-inspired attire alongside his trademark printed-patchwork jersey and cotton pieces.

Next up were Nasir Mazhar, Cottweiler and Christopher Shannon. Mazhar's men's and women's collections were especially strong this season, giving us a lot of black pieces, but carefully thought out with just the right amount of fabric manipulation and details. At times, black and white prints were introduced, keeping it minimal. This monochrome palette continued with an all-white collection from Cottweiler.

Nasir Mazhar SS'16 Collection. Photos by

Although humour was still involved, this season Shannon focussed on form, fabric and colour, all of which made for a very strong show.

The closing highlights from day one came from Kit Neale and Alex Mullins, both bright and happy; a fun way to end the day.

Words: Desi Lazarova

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