DESIblitz reports from Clothes Show Live 2013 at the Birmingham NEC. This year’s ensemble of high street and designer brands was truly impeccable and had lots to offer in terms of men’s fashion and style.
“We loved the prints, a bit daring for us but would defiantly try it on a night out!”
Clothes Show Live kicked off between December 6 and 10, 2013 and celebrated its 25th Birthday.
The fashion event of the year did not fail to give audiences their fashion fix, from amazing clothing, famous faces and beauty treatments. DESIblitz were also on hand to pick out the best tips for fashion-loving men.
So let’s get straight to the fashion. All the high street brands were out in full force showcasing their winter collections. Dominating the runways were fur, leather and lace, and most importantly, patterns and prints.
Not only were high street brands being showcased, but young and up and coming designers were out to present their collections. New designers such as Vivian Nwonka and Siobhan Vondy heated up the runway with their Ankara printed collection, shirts, tees and jackets.
We spoke to some of the Asian males and asked how they felt about these prints. One group said: “We loved the prints, a bit daring for us but would definitely try it on a night out!”
It seems that Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2009 inspired print is making a huge comeback amongst these small designers. These prints will surely pull you out of a crowd and will certainly be a top pick for the fellas.
The annual Fashion Theatre Show kicked off with a great bang; it included everything from in-between scene changes, entertainment, celebrity prize give-aways, and gorgeous models.
The show itself was split into an impressive 8 scenes, more scene changes than ever showcased before, which of course meant plenty of clothing for our viewing pleasure!
The first scene titled ‘The Arrival’ featured outerwear. The main theme for this part of the show was heritage clothing; the clothes resembled both Vivienne Westwood and Burberry, bringing that designer look to the high-street.
Keeping in touch with these season’s trends, capes, fur and prints were at the focus. Our top picks from this collection were:
The second scene was then introduced as the ‘The Spa’ which was a sports luxe theme. This was a high fashion spin on sportswear. Within this scene there was a blend of many materials and cuts. The main focus was on masculine clothing, and saw cropped t-shirts for men.
Inspired by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Gareth Pugh, designers at Quilt have taken the jersey trend and spin it on its head making it a more fashion forward look.
The oversized jersey t-shirts were also making a statement on the runway, made up of a meshed fabric mixed with bold prints that caught everyone’s eye.
During scene 3, the show slightly darkened with a gothic inspired collection from Zara, New Look and designers such as Sofia Metsoviti.
Keeping true to this season’s trends, and inspired from Valentino’s Autumn/Winter 2013, the clothing demonstrated how dark and edgy punk style can be interpreted into luxurious and glamorous fashion wear.
To achieve this look all you need to do is keep it simple and dark, mixing fabrics such as leathers and furs. Don’t be scared to get out of your comfort zone!
The show also got a splash of Hollywood, with a Gatsby inspired collection from Chanel and Dior, which flooded the runway with gold 1920’s glamour. What was very inspiring as a viewer was the blend of Roman and Grecian style with this classic American look.
The final scene for the show – and our personal favourite – was the 80’s inspired party theme. This part of the collection was all about bold colours, cropped attire, and sequined pieces that will make you the centre of attention on any high street or night out.
Men it is time to come out of your comfort zone and take a risk. Stop playing it safe and go all out with bold colours, eccentric prints and a flare of 80’s fashion.
For all the men who attended over the 5 days, their main consensus of the event was positive. Most agreed that the show opened their eyes to styles and trends they would never usually go for. One gentleman said:
“Being Asian you aren’t always exposed to styles and trends of this kind, growing up in our family we would always follow the style from all your friends and family. It really makes me want change up my swag.”
In a nutshell, Clothes Show Live has shown that men’s fashion on the high street doesn’t need to be restricted to simply jeans and a jumper. You can venture out of your comfort zone and be daring. So to be fashion forward your main guidelines are to mix your material, go large and daring with your prints and just have fun.
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