Welcome to this new “DESIGNER FOCUS” article about Les Hommes. – part 1.
I discovered the brand exactly one year ago after watching a video of their FW 13 show And I am very soon about to disover their new Fall Winter collection. Except this time not on video …
Yes ladies and gentlemen I’m going to Milan Fashion Week to attend the Les Hommes FW14 show.
On top of fulfilling one of my all time dreams, I’m beyond excited to attend the Les Hommes show in particular as last year’s show really moved and inspired me.
Les Hommes was founded in 2003 by two belgian designers, Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch. They both studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, and after gaining different kind of work experiences in different domains, they decided to join forces after having graduated to create the Les Hommes label. After a few years working from Belgium they moved to Italy where the brand is now officialy based.
I think it’s very interesting to understand how two designers work together to create a very specific coherent and unified style. Indeed, after watching a few looks you can immediately tell that the brand has a very distinctive style and identify a few codes: cleand and sharp lines, precise tailoring which comes with a twist (double lapels on jackets for example) and intricate details, use of black as the main colour, a sense of poetry expressed through the clothes, and often a military or graphic inspiration.
Let’s have a look at some pieces from different collections throughout the years:
Looking back at the FW13 show which introduced me to Les Hommes , I remember how impressed and struck I was by the clothes and the whole mood that was created and especially by statement pieces such as strong military coats and capes.
In a video interview for fashion TV, the belgian duo describes the theme of the collection as “dark romanticism”. I love how the theme was expressed through the make up, the black atmostphere, and the contrast between the classical music at the beginning followed by a more dynamic techno-like rythm.
The clothes looked perfectly tailored, graphic, classic and modern at the same time. I asked myself why I hadn’t discovered the label earlier.
One of the pieces I immediately got my eye on was this graphic shirt.
A few months later, I was luckily able to get it .
In order to fit the theme of the collection, I decided to shoot it a night. It was an interesting experience: I shot the pictures in the middle of a street with cars coming by, wind raising and rain starting to pour. It definitely helped me to put myself in this “dark romantic” mood.
As I hinted at the beginning of the article, I have the great pleasure of being invited to attend the Les Hommes FW14 show in Milan next saturday.
I am beyond excited and can’t wait to share this experience with you, which is why there will be a part 2 to this article.
I hope you enjoyed discovering Les Hommes from my point of view.