As reported in our sister blog GFWLive.com, Graduate Fashion Week has come to a close and, like last year, it was male fashion that really made a lasting impression. However, unlike last year, there were TWO winners taking a joint first prize in the River Island Gold Award – The jubilant designers being Nicholas Thomas and Jasper Chadprajong, each taking home £10,000 and the chance to take the world of men’s fashion by storm.
But what does that mean for us in terms of what we’ll be wearing next season?
Nicholas Thomas’s knitwear shown above would really appeal to high street designers. His collection has given a fresh edge to the indie-rock kid look, so expect to see loads of new clothes inspired by his designs in your nearest Topman. I for one love the vest-top and beanie shown centre, so I’m looking forward to the impact this designer has on men’s fashion.
Jasper Chadprajong however, has taken a contrasting route, using sportswear as his inspiration for his collection. He’s drawn on sports-prep style and combined it with the ubiquitous hoodie, but manages to enhance it with bold, blue checks offset with subtle greys. While Chadprajong’s collection is strikingly different, I’m not sure how many men will be wearing shoulder-tied hoods or sarong style wraparounds. However I do hope his blue running shoes make it into the mainstream.