Man, a collaboration between Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East and Topman, presented three collections, the first of which started out with some boring horrendous scary seventies looks, complete with perms and reverse-perms. Bell bottoms, velvet, light wash denim, and patches. Designer Grace Wales Bonner showed some elevated looks, such as the silver embroidered shirt with tuxedo pants, but they were followed by track suits, a double breasted brown suit, and this yucky zig-zag vest. Are we sure that bucket hat, tank, and scarf weren’t already worn by Angela Bassett on screen? I get that she’s inspired by African fashion and the 70’s but…Dude Where’s My Car and That 70’s Show might be literally referenced here.
The second collection, by Rory Parnell-Mooney, was much more on-trend and fashionable in my opinion, with edgier looks and models, playing off of the dandy and 70’s trends with fabric selection and styling, but in a dark fashion forward tone.
The circus came to town with the third collection by Charles Jeffrey, which may be more to look at, but is it wearable fashion? Aside from the suits and a few separates here and there? …Not really.
According to Vogue, MAN is responsible for discovering Craig Green! Not cool MAN, not cool.