For SS18, Dirk Bikkembergs pulled away from their traditionally sporty look and went all in with strong, simple looks created from basic lines. Masculine and intense, what you see is what you get with the SS18 Bikkembergs collection. Colors started off with black, white, navy and pops of a cool seafoam green. Beige plaid was also present, and it seems plaid will be a spring trend, not just a winter one, going forward. We’re definitely onboard for year-long plaid. For SS18, Dirk Bikkembergs pulled away from their traditionally sporty look and went all in with strong, simple looks created from basic lines. Masculine and intense, what you see is what you get with the SS18 Bikkembergs collection.

Colors started off with black, white, navy and pops of a cool seafoam green. Beige plaid was also present, and it seems plaid will be a spring trend, not just a winter one, going forward. We’re definitely onboard for year-long plaid.

One of BDMOTP’s favorite looks is the simple concept of the leather panels on long, straight trenches and shorter, boxy jackets. These two small strips of leather, although minimal, took the simple design and make it intricate and sophisticated. Elements of colorblocking fit right in with the boxy, straight silhouettes of the pants, jackets and vests. Models marched the runways looking fierce in lace-up combat-style boots and modern, sleek sneakers. Large, functional pocked lined the long trench coats and lines and cuffs detailed the trousers. One of BDMOTP’s favorite looks is the simple concept of the leather panels on long, straight trenches and shorter, boxy jackets. These two small strips of leather, although minimal, took the simple design and make it intricate and sophisticated. Elements of colorblocking fit right in with the boxy, straight silhouettes of the pants, jackets and vests. Models marched the runways looking fierce in lace-up combat-style boots and modern, sleek sneakers. Large, functional pocked lined the long trench coats and lines and cuffs detailed the trousers.

Although the line had plenty of spring wear, like long jackets, boots and pants, there were layers involved and a few pairs of shorts. That being said, the collection seemed to be more spring heavy than summer heavy. If you want to go to the beach — you should probably look elsewhere. But for a masculine spring filled with intensity and strength, Bikkembergs is where it’s at. Plus, if you can pull of the seafoam green, you should go for it and make a real fashionable statement. Although the line had plenty of spring wear, like long jackets, boots and pants, there were layers involved and a few pairs of shorts. That being said, the collection seemed to be more spring heavy than summer heavy. If you want to go to the beach — you should probably look elsewhere. But for a masculine spring filled with intensity and strength, Bikkembergs is where it’s at. Plus, if you can pull of the seafoam green, you should go for it and make a real fashionable statement.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Dirk Bikkembergs.

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Philipp Plein is known for having some of the most eventful catwalks in Milan. The SS18 runway was no different. The stage was set: a recreation of “Grease” with motorcycle and fancy cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis and McLarens doing all sorts of flaming stunts. The show ended with monster trucks, artists performing songs from Grease and of course, an appearance from Jeremy Meeks, the current “it” model, who is also nicknamed Hot Mugshot Guy, Hot Convict and Prison Bae.

It may be hard to focus on the fashion with so much going on, but it went right along with the theme. Obviously leather was a key point, with leather jackets and t-shirts with flames. Denim was also a huge trend, and luxury crocodile skin jackets paired a little glamour with the punk. Shoulder patches featuring tigers and panthers were decidedly placed on sweaters and most of the looks were paired with studded shoes of some kind, either sneakers or dressier shoes. Skulls were another theme — and you can find them patched, bedazzled and sewn onto many of the garments.

The Plein experience is never complete without the after party. This season, besides being able to check out the fancy cars (heavily guarded by security, of course) you could spin a around on a different set of wheels. There was actually a carnival ride of bumper cars placed in the venue so fashion show and after party attendees could morph back to their childhood and have a little carnival fun. This was most likely the only fashion week event where drinking and driving was not only accepted, but encouraged.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Philipp Plein.

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Damir Doma brought a variety of colors and oversize garments for their SS18 collection. An eclectic mix of styles and tastes, you never really know what to expect from Damir Doma.

Not the first designer this season to throw in some cool pops of seafoam green, the collection featured many colors and patterns, all splashed upon baggy garments. For example, a baggy, striped suit or a huge overcoat layered on various garments with different patterns. Models (both male and female) sported chunky necklaces and we also loved that diverse collection of models. They seemed to be rather gender fluid — many of the looks could, in theory work for men or women. We also loved pops of gold layered underneath suits and trench coats.

Asymmetric shirts and coats were held together with white shoelaces laced up — an interesting alternative to a traditional button, snap or buckle. Many of the looks were paired with bowling style shoes, but something it just seemed to work.

BDMOTP loved the sweaters featured. Although the collection is technically for spring and summer, a lightweight, baggy black and white sweater could look really cool layered over a pair of shorts. Of course, seaform green is a color we are excited to see more of for next spring and summer.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Damir Doma.

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Songzio is another South Korean designer we’ve had the pleasure of seeing on the Seoul Fashion Week catwalks. This season, for his SS18 collection “Crossing Veils,” which walked the London Fashion Week Mens runway, he took inspiration from one single phrase: “Man, in his night, searches for his own light.”

This may lead you to think the collection would be dark, but not all of the looks were black, but instead, the collection walked the runway and show looks from black to white and everything in between. Some of the colors were inspired by a Diego Velazquez painting of the Infanta Margarita, who happened to be wearing a dress in colorful spring tones.

BDMOTP particuarly the springish looks — vertical wide-striped suits — an oversize take on a traditional seersucker fabric.  An interesting trend we haven’t seen much of for men at all is fringed pants. This has been popular for women in past seasons — especially spring seasons — however, we haven’t yet seen much of fringe for men, especially on trousers. Let it sink in and decide if you’re on board. Finally, icing on the springtime cake is the watercolor tee shirts peeking out underneath the blazers. Meant to be worn either on their own or underneath layers, these cool tee shirts can be paired with just about anything, and would be a great investment to get for those warm weather spring or summer days.

This season, Songzio also presented two footwear designs: a pair of derby shoes embellished with metal studs as well as some summery sandals.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Songzio.

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Barbour presented a small sneak peek of the SS18 collection at London Fashion Week Mens of just eight looks. The looks were part of various capsule collections like ‘Originals,’ a more rugged selection and ‘Sport,’ which is featured a more relaxed athleisure style. Since BDMOTP values quality over quantity, we didn’t mind the small size of the collection, because it definitely measured up in quality.

The brand also spoke too its roots at the SS18 presentation, showing viewers the beginning of the brand back in 1936 through to 1964 when actor Steve McQueen wore Barbour as a member of the US motorcycling team. In case you’re wondering about the details, McQueen wore the iconic A7 International jacket in the 1964 ISDT.

It’s clear that from 1936 until now, Barbour has created dapper yet edgy fashions for men, and this season was no different. Most of the looks featured rugged, yet tailored utility jackets that seemed to focus on both style, comfort and fit. The jackets were layered over vintage-style tees and paired with tailored sweatpants and trousers. Sleek gym shoes also accompanied each look. Men could easily select just one piece from the Barbour collection or also snap up a whole outfit and sport it proudly.

We’d also like to give kudos to Barbour for using a selection of more diverse models, which is often hard to come by during the many fashion weeks. It just goes to show that anyone anywhere can sport Barbour fashions and look great.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Barbour International.

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Coming at at very poignant time in London, Oliver Spencer created his SS18 collection ‘Love Town,’ inspired by the city of London itself. Tough, proud and full of love, the collection represents the aforementioned values. With all the events that have been recently happening in London, we feel this collection couldn’t have come at a better time. London is resilient, and so are these garments.

“Loving” colors like pinks and blues can be found in the collection as well as plenty of plaid. The outerwear is stylish yet function, with parkas transforming into backpacks as the day warms up.

BDMOTP particularly loved the attention to collars. With different suits and jackets featuring non-traditional preacher-style or colorblocked collars, the unexpected change really gave things a twist. The linen fabrics seem to be a signature for Oliver Spencer, and always seem to be in style. Outfits of plaid tops and shorts were layered under jackets and parkas, perfect for spring days. The clothes were combined with soft leather weekender bags and slip-on shoes for the ultimate casual yet classy vibe. As usual, Oliver Spencer’s model selection, using men of varying ages and races, sat very well with BDMOTP, as we always support the diversification of models.

Besides his regular collection, he also collaborated with artists David Austen to create a line of t-shirts. You can actually by the pieces right  now using the Vero app. The t-shirt say words like ‘LOVE  TOWN’,  ‘WOMEN  AND  MEN’  and  ‘FACE’ and can be purchased here.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Oliver Spencer.

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Nigel Cabourn typically creates several different collections in one each season. In order to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a designer, he created a very special SS18 collection for London Mens Fashion Week.

The first part was called  ‘Whatever Happened to Sean Flynn,’ focusing on the life of war photojournalist Sean Flynn. Both menswear and womenswear were part of the collection, and the key trends are camo (two tone, in faded blue) and hardware details. Cabourn explains that his garments are made to last a lifetime, after all, and chose to create his very own special fabrics for the collection. Although his collections may be inspired by military, the designer himself is a pacifist. This capsule collection is particularly special because Sean Flynn was attempting to get the truth about what was happening during the Vietnam War.

The next part is a small one called ‘Authentic Limited Edition 3’ and features mainly menswear. Seven out of nine pieces in the collection are menwear, plus one unisex and one style for women. These designs are more of a British mod style, with looks like patchwork.

The final part, ‘Lybro’ is an 18-piece collection intermixing funky 1960s pieces with military war-inspired garments. There’s also a few vintage-style pieces in this part of the collection.

Althought BDMOTP isn’t a fan of war, we do love Cabourn’s garments and find that they are quite functional and durable. It’s true — a Nigel Cabourn piece may just last you a lifetime.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Nigel Cabourn.

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BDMOTP has always been a longtime fan of D.GNAK since the very first time we saw the collection walk down the Seoul Fashion runway several years back. With models jamming to Will Smith’s “Men in Black,” we’ve always though the brand does basics the way they should be done. Chic, cool and with a touch of pizzazz, but never too much. In previous seasons, D.GNAK has graduated to showing at the European runways in Milan, and for SS18, they’ve made their debut at London Fashion Week Mens.

Kang Don Jun’s inspiration for this particular collection came down to a single word in Chinese: 因緣. It means “inevitable interaction.” He explains that this means the coming  together of two distinct powers, yin and yuan. In terms of his D. GNAK SS18 collection, this means two things fused to create greatness.

When greatness comes in the form of black, white and beige, BDMOTP is in. Using oversize garments, fabrics like leather and utility detailing like straps and belts, the looks go from basic to anything but. Just because the colors are simple don’t mean the designs are and the tailoring is on point even though many of the garments are meant to be baggy. Pants stop above the ankle and we even see a type of “skort” for men — shorts with an interesting fabric draped over them asymmetrically, like a skirt and shorts put together, effectively, a skort. Color addicts, don’t worry– there was an occasional pop of red and yellow too.

Words by Lori and photos from D.GNAK.

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JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN made quite an entrance at London Fashion Week Mens this season with an oversize, 80s-inspired collection of menswear. Designer Arashi Yanagawa, an ex-professional boxer, named his brand in honor of the legendary boxer JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN. Yanagawa hopes his brand embodies the same traits as the famous boxer like strength, personality and dignity.

Although the brand itself is definitely edgy, the SS18 collection certainly seemed to have those traits. Inspired by post punk and the cold wave scene, the JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN collection featured baggy pants paired with punk-esque tee shirts. Oversize blazers and vests were layered over the looks for both men and women. Although the line featured models of both sexes, most of the looks were decidedly androgynous. Leather, pinstripes and plaid were also spotted on the runway,as well as belts. The old-age favorites of the denim jacket (dig yours of the attic–they are back!) and the leather motorcycle jacket were both present in the collection, two trends that will never fully go out of style.

Pops of pink and red gave the collection a burst of color, and the black and beige simple color scheme was also heavily used within the line. This particular collection is definitely for a younger gentleman, one who wants to express his emotions and musical tastes through his outfits and personal style. In any case, red leather is always fun to wear, so partake in some for SS18!

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN

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The Harrys of London SS18 collection shown at London Fashion Week Mens had a variety of shoes for a variety of men. A casual gentlemen would love the line of Japanese-cherry blossom inspired pastel sneaker kicks, a relaxed and fun way to add color and pattern into a weekend look. There’s the more formal collection, which includes muted colors and styles of loafers and lace-ups, ideal for a working man who wants to add some style to a suit.

The real addition to the SS18 collection was the Made To Fly capsule collection. All of the shoes in this particular group are metal-free and slip on/off so you can easily get through airport security without having to stop and unlace your shoes. Plus, once you get to your seat on the plane, you can just slip them off to relax. There’s plenty of luggage in the collection too, and here at BDMOTP we love a colorful piece of luggage. We love the sort of Pan Am-color scheme, with baby blues, light green and white suitcases, toiletry bags and briefcases, with, of course, matching shoes.

With a huge rise in the global traveler concept, we always seem to be on the move and we need durable items like shoes and bags that can keep up with us by being practical and comfortable, yet we don’t want to sacrifice style. In fact, a gentleman should never have to sacrifice style for comfort, and thanks to Harrys of London, he won’t have to.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Harrys of London.

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