LC:M (8-11 Jan.) drew to a close on Monday night. Here, our top picks from one of the strongest LCM outings yet:

Alex Mullins – best new take on double denim (and other inventions)
Alex Mullins, who’s part of the NewGen roster of talents, likes to update pieces and styles “people think are a bit shit”. A raw double denim look, consisting of a jacket and jean, had copper buttons running along the sleeves and trouser legs, while map-like topstitching and curved cut-outs featured elsewhere.

Alex Mullins
Alex Mullins

Berthold – best execution of (morbid) theme
Austrian designer Raimund Berthold gave us different takes on drowning for his collection. He interpreted the theme figuratively by cropping jackets to life vest proportions, but it was also reflected in oversized silhouettes  “in which to drown”. This outing was one of Berthold’s best to date.

Sibling– the ultimate mood-hiker
Sibling’s shows always raise a cheer, even from the most jaded members of the fash pack. This season’s collection owes a lot to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Grace Jones’s aesthetic influences. The monster-dimensioned cardigans were among the highlights; some were comically styled with giant punching bags for anger management on-the-go.

Cmmn Swdn – home sweet home creeps into the wardrobe
Cmmn Swdn’s considered aesthetic is achingly cool but lacks pretention entirely. For AW16, design duo Emma Hedlund and Saif Bakir looked to the home for inspiration, celebrating the interior details they fondly remember from growing up in Sweden in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The checked throw, for instance, was lovingly paid homage to in a coat and a super long scarf.

Cmmn Swdn
Cmmn Swdn

Topman Design – a way with fabric
Topman Design’s collection was almost rebelliously relaxed in cut: trouser legs billowed around models’ ankles and loose jackets hung effortlessly across shoulders. Uninhibited fabric juxtapositions added depth to design director Gordon Richardson’s confident proposition– brushed mohair and beaten-up jacquards sat alongside distressed printed velvets and washed silk satin. Bleached-out, voluminous denim looks added yet another facet.

Phoebe English – highlight of the LCM Designer Showrooms exhibition
Seemingly simple but laden with crafty details, we found it hard to step away from Phoebe English’s second menswear collection. The dual aspect bomber coat allows for endless styling variations and so too the cleverly cut shirts crafted from thick cotton canvas. The entire range is made in England.

Liam Hodges – garment modification par excellence
Hodges’s petrol head inspired outing involved plenty of layering as well as several considered garment modifications – one of the best being the coat with bomber jacket overlay at the back. Colors ranged from white, grey and burgundy to bright yellow and eye-watering blue, a hue that also extended to Hodges’s own hair color for the day.

Bobby Abley – souped-up streetwear with nuance
Bobby Abley ran wild with every element of Brazil and its diverse culture in mind. Add to that a hint of Christina Aguilera. Signature slogans and huge Donald Duck appliques featured aplenty on anything from hoodies to outerwear. To elevate the show experience further, he brought in creative maverick Gary Card to design wearable props featuring an eruption of feathers and a chaotic cluster of teddy bears attached to a stick.

Bobby Abley
Bobby Abley