London Collections Men has been and gone for another season, and – as ever – while the looks on the catwalks offered some theoretical style inspiration, the queues outside were where the real outfit goals could be found.
LCM SS17 street style
By Matt Glazebrook, 16 June 2016
This guy's whole look is so structurally sound – from his Yeezy-approved, summer 2016 colour palette of pink and khaki to his just-so cuff-rolls and general air of sockless insouciance – that he doesn't even need a solid object to lean against. He just crosses his legs, stretches back and lets his outfit be its own load-bearing wall.
If we're entirely honest, we're not convinced by a jazzy pink-and-black sock. And if it's unfair to focus on a small detail, then it's only because every other thing here – from the crisp plims, loose-fit chinos and subtly spotty tee to the classic denim jacket, tasty tote bag and excellent hair/beard combo – is so nailed on, there's nothing really to say about it.
You wouldn't think a pair of shades that resemble Willy Wonka's goggle glasses, a slogan sweat and a brilliant 'cowboy prom' belt would work together. Add silver jewellery, painted-on black skinnies and general air of Japanese-garage-rocker cool, and they really do.
As the Surf Rat and Riviera trends have shown us, summer 2016's witnessing a major resurgence in 50s rock 'n' roll-flavoured hot-weather steez. And if that means we see more cool cats like this dude mooching around in their revere-collar shirts, skinny black jeans and steel-toe-capped Derbies like they’re the grooviest goth at the beach, we're fully onboard.
'Hey dude, what's up?'
'I don't know, man, I keep getting this weird feeling people are watching me – like hiding behind bushes and taking photos, even.'
'*scared face emoji*'
'Seriously! All I'm doing is hanging out here at fashion week in my excellent longline dogtooth shirt, with my fresh-as green raincoat casually/deliberately slung over the top, my beard and shades on point, and my razored-in, side-parted quiff so sharp that it needs a warning sticker – what gives?'
'*Shruggy man emoji*'
The skate-style force is so strong with this fella that he even walks like he's a pushing a board along. High-top Converse sneakers with white high socks and cropped black trousers for a Hoosiers-meets-80s-New-York-punk-club vibe; forest-green Breton top with minimal jewellery; a jaunty black beanie... Who needs wheels when you're riding on a wave of pure swag?