The recently concluded London Fashion Week Men\u2019s that took place at the Somerset House from 4-6 January was heralded as the fashion industry\u2019s first major event. It was proclaimed as the stage of up-and-coming talent.\u00a0\r\nWhat made London Fashion Week Men\u2019s AW20 special\r\nAs opposed to the regular star-studded lineup that has set the pace for all London Fashion Week Men\u2019s AW shows, this year\u2019s edition saw a decrease in big-name designers as the setlist was primarily composed of UK-based artisans instead. While it may not exactly have been the expected turn of events for the 15th edition of the event, the lack of big names\u2014such as JW Anderson, A-Cold-Wall, and Burberry\u2014set the stage for smaller, yet equally-talented names to showcase their finest work. The AW20 show allowed attendants to feast their eyes on some of the country\u2019s finest works to date.\r\n\r\nHere are our top picks from the London Fashion Week Men\u2019s AW20:\u00a0\r\n\r\nWales Bonner \u2018Lovers Rock\u2019 AW20\r\n\r\nHeralded as an artist whose works "[address] the politics of identity, sexuality, and race through projects that delicately balance multinationalism with a sense of personal subjectivity", it should come as no surprise that Grace Wales Bonner pulled out all the stops in her latest showing.\u00a0\r\n\r\nFor this year\u2019s Autumn\/Winter 2020 collection, Wales Bonner\u2019s \u201cLovers Rock\u201d ensemble took a trip back to the groovy \u201870s and rockin\u2019 \u201860s\u2014essentially putting the mastermind\u2019s prize-winning creative heritage on full display. Symbolic of Bonner\u2019s Carribean roots and inspiration from the \u201870s London reggae scene, each piece in this jaw-dropping collection was standout. It took classic designs and the Rastafarian flag\u2019s colour palette and rehashed them into sleek, stylish ensembles. Make no mistake, however, because Grace Wales Bonner\u2019s latest collection is far from \u201cretro.\u201d It breaks barriers with two-tone tweeds, tailored trench coats, and modern-cut trousers.\u00a0\r\n\r\nEdward Crutchley \u2018Glam Epoch\u2019 AW20\r\n\r\nWith his greatest collection to date, 2019 International Woolmark Prizer Winner Edward Crutchley brought an amalgamation of international influences in his \u201cGlam Epoch\u201d AW20 showing.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe co-ed AW20 Glam Epoch collection is regarded as a twist on conventional styling and a fusion of styles across centuries. It took influence mainly from traditional Filipiniana dresses, mid-18th-century English chintz, and Scottish graphic cable knits.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThis particular collection, however, was not only limited to fusing influences from historically-ingrained reference points as it also put on a full display of camp with a few cues from Nudie Cohn\u2019s western and campy country suits. Just like Crutchley\u2019s previous collections, the \u201ccreative collusion in a confounding age\u201d once again pushed the boundaries of borderline-asexual designs and fits with the use of bold silhouettes that utilised highly-detailed embroideries and artisanal textiles.\u00a0\r\nFinal words\r\nIn spite of growing fears of a lacklustre display in the absence of the UK\u2019s biggest names in fashion, this year\u2019s London Fashion Week Men\u2019s AW20 did not cease to stun and amaze with cutting-edge creativity and boldness from the country\u2019s rising talents. While it may be safe to assume that the entire show was filled with undeniable talent from start to end, our top two picks definitely held a certain type of impact that undeniably merits attention and anticipation for upcoming fashion weeks to come.\u00a0\r\n\r\nBrowse through our website for news on the menswear market in the UK.