BACK IN TOWN: The new-generation Kent & Curwen, which is part owned by David Beckham and designed by Daniel Kearns, will make its London Fashion Week Men’s debut on Jan. 7 as an on-schedule show.
The British Fashion Council has released its men’s schedule for January, with other additions including Vivienne Westwood who, as reported, will show men’s and women’s together on the runway, and MCCVIII, the upscale sneaker label created by Will.i.am and his brother Carl Gilliam.
Westwood had announced in August that she would showcase her fall 2017 Red Label women’s wear and Man ready-to-wear collections under one Vivienne Westwood brand name, during LFW Men’s in January. Her main, unisex, runway collection, now known as Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, will continue to show in Paris.
Other new names on the schedule, which runs from Jan. 6 to 9, include Qasimi, which had previously only shown by appointment, and Michiko Koshino. She has shown during the London women’s collections in the past, and has also taken part in the Designer Showrooms at Men’s for the last few seasons.
The new Kent & Curwen made its debut this month exclusively on Mr Porter with a seasonless collection. Later in the month, it will be sold on the Kent & Curwen site with a full wholesale rollout set for early next year.
Will.i.am and Gilliam launched their line last year at Liberty and at Harrods in October. The collection is a riff on the classic Clarks Wallabee, and it is made in Italy. The current collection features a high-top, a low-top and a high-top with an 18-karat gold-plated brass panel on the tongue that bears the brand’s name.
The coed catwalk trend continues to advance in London, with labels Nigel Cabourn, YMC, Astrid Andersen, Agi & Sam for Woolmark Co., Maharishi, Christopher Raeburn, Belstaff, John Smedley and Westwood all showing men’s and women’s together.
Some designers are also embracing see-now-buy-now, including Edward Crutchley, MCCVIII, Agi & Sam and John Smedley.