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LFW Blogger Interview: Dan Hasby-Oliver

Today’s blogger interview is with Last Style Of Defence writer, Dan Hasby-Oliver. Dan is a menswear writer, specialising in trend analysis. So basically, if he says something is shit hot, jump on it like a fat lass in a chippy. Here are Dan’s predictions for LFW…

 

 

What are your big trend predictions for LFW? What are you hoping to see?

I hope to see a big push on simplicity and pared-down looks however London being London, I am not sure that will happen. Having followed the Menswear shows earlier in June, I think that the search for authenticity and the sartorial will continue, and looks that are inspired by Americana sportswear – think Ivy League vs California skate culture. The future trends for the nomadic, the botanical/naturalistic side of curatorships and the spiritual should also shine through in a more obvious way as the designers can more creatively channel this in their London offerings.

Which collection(s) are you most looking forward to most?

Unconditional is a big show for me, not only because I used to work for the label but Philip (Stevens, designer) has a clear vision of the new aesthetic of menswear every season. Other highlights are KTZ for the pure theatrics of the collections; Ashish because of the humour; Burberry for the front row and Nasir Mazhar’s accessories.

Are there any trends you can’t wait to see the back of?

Commercially I can’t wait to see the back of carrot-cut chinos with elastic ankle cuffs paired with espadrilles. It makes me gag every time I see it…

What is your favourite part of Fashion Week in London and in how do you think it differs to other hosts?

All of it! I have never been to any other host cities for a fashion week, only trade shows, but from what I understand the organisation in London is better at the BFC Show Space – thanks to that fierce but friendly lady who heads up security. There also seems more of a creative buzz and excitement in London where as Milan and Paris comes across as pure business, which maybe London could learn a little from but without loosing its character. There were many comments after the London Collections: Men in June that it was more relaxed, less bitchy and political resulting in a smooth few days, where as the womenswear week can become a little challenging on the nerves.

I though Stella McCartney’s Flashmob show in Feb was just phenomenal, do you think this will be the catalyst in the evolution of catwalk shows or do you think the models should keep their feet firmly on the runway?

What Stella did was an engaging and exciting change from the traditional show or presentation, tapping into the flash mob trend whilst breaking the mould and flow of the normal. I am sure that a designer or three will take inspiration from what she did and make it their own but it would be a shame to see that surprise element become expected.  However, I am a pure traditionalist when it comes to fashion shows and I get a rush of excitement when the photographers begin to hush the crowed, the lights go down and the model steps out whilst being followed by the spot lights – it’s a magical theatre.

 

T: @lsofd

 

B: www.laststyleofdefense.com

 

Check out my previous blogger interview with Brad Palmer here.

 

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