Last Saturday, Les Hommes showed its spring/summer 2018 collection in Milan. The Belgian brand always had its shows in Milan, which makes people forget they’re actually from Belgium. But it is as Belgian as it gets! Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch, who are the designers of Les Hommes, both graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2000. People at the Antwerp Fashion Academy used to call them “the boys” because they were an inseparable duo. That’s where the brand’s name was born; Les Hommes.
Last year, the menswear brand landed a new store in Beijing, China. The Beijing-based store is the first out of three worldwide flagship stores that is based in Asia. The other two flagship stores are based in Milan and Antwerp. Their first store in Asia is seen as a big step forward for the Antwerp-based label.
Les Hommes Spring/Summer 2018
On Saturday, during the menswear edition of Milan fashion week, Les Hommes showcased its SS18 collection. The brand chose for the Palazzo Serbelloni as its show location, which they’ve done for a few seasons now.
The collection, named “Oriental Warrior“, was definitely honoring the brand’s new venture in Asia. Which was translated on the runway with a lot of Asian influences and techniques. Think a modern day translation of the ancient samurai. The brand, that is mainly known for its sculpted, slender and sharp designs, has partly came out of its very black comfort zone. Les Hommes’ spring/summer 2018 collection includes beige, clear white and leopard prints.
The shoes might have been the only thing we did not like on the Les Hommes runway. We just don’t like them and that may be a personal thing of ours. We do have to admit that it worked for some of the silhouettes. For others, it clearly didn’t.
As for the boy’s savage beauty looks, we totally lost our self control. The model’s faces with cheeks seemingly impaled with the most fabulous jewelry and chain looking creations got us really excited. This all is an exciting collaboration with New York jeweler Chris Habana. Our beauty editors have been talking about it ever since. It did remind us of something Sarah Burton did for Alexander McQueen in 2015 for its fw16 collection. But the British brand had a way more punk approach to it.
Our photographer, Giuseppe Triscari, got an exclusive backstage look at the Les Hommes spring/summer 2018 runway show in Milan. Start scrolling for a full report on backstage vibes and close ups on the new collection.
Photos by Giuseppe Triscari for ENFNTS TERRIBLES