The ultimate highlight of London Collections: Men (LCM) for us here at NeverNotOut was always gonna be the consistently faultless collections from Hardy Blechman’s Maharishi label – and spring/summer 2016 was no exception!
After enormous success in the mid-90’s, the brand fell out of fashion and onto hard times around 2005. But after almost a decade of sticking to his guns, it seems Blechman was right all along…
Everything that was a no-no in years gone by is now being copied by those around him; utilitarian is back baby, and Maharishi are leading the way!
Anyway, back to the show…
The Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street was the venue; a big, black, unassuming building, suitably appropriate for Blechman’s latest take on upcycled military wear with an Eastern, ninja-esque aesthetic.
The queues started to form outside around 4:15pm, with the show scheduled to start at 5pm. The press photographers were outside too, mingling with the paparazzi in an effort to get street style shots, and catch a few celebs exiting their limos and entering the darkness.
We all finally made it inside just after 5pm, and were very quickly ushered into silence as the lights suddenly dimmed to barely an ember. And then…
Suddenly, after the first bar had rung out, the lights came up on the runway, and the first model was out. What followed was an incredible mix of old and new, tech and trad, East and West.
But as quickly as it had begun, it ended. The model’s did the final walk through, and then for a brief second, Blechman made an appearance to thank the crowd.
What a show, what a weekend. Surely this all helps aid LCM’s assent to becoming one of the top fashion events. Menswear is bigger than ever, growing at a rate far beyond women’s. And maybe we’re slightly biased, but it does seem like it’s the British designers lighting the path to the peak.
A scan of the Maharishi SS16 collection guide and the rest of the pics below 🙂