Julien Macdonald makes the move into menswear

Julien Macdonald
Julien Macdonald Credit: Rex

Long a purveyor of spangled, revealing womenswear, Julien Macdonald is to branch out into menswear.

The London-based, Welsh designer will showcase his first men’s looks during his SS16 womenswear show at this month’s London Fashion Week.

Dressing the boys is something Macdonald says he has “always been interested in” but had never quite found the time to do it. But it was while working on his soon-to-be-revealed collection that he felt inspired to finally give it a go.

So, what can we expect?

“It isn’t [a] gentleman,” he told WWD. “I’ve taken inspiration from my own clothes and things I’ve seen guys in London wearing, especially in the East End, the Shoreditch area of London where the most fashionable kids hang out. It’s almost like a unisex of kind of fashion, really. So I think it’s interesting but it’s not a tailored gentleman. If you want a suit, don’t come to me.”

So don’t expect any dapper Dans to be sitting front row – Macdonald's man is more about his signature web-like knit sweaters and printed T-shirts inspired by a recent trip to Bali.