And like that it was over. No sooner had it begun than three days later London Collections: Men came to a close for yet another season. Two down, plenty more to go? Let’s hope so. On that third and final day this is what we witnessed.
Highly anticipated, J.W. Anderson’s ‘Mathematics of Love’ titled show boasted plenty of thrills and frills, or should that be ruffles? Both made their way down the catwalk, the former atop leather riding boots and the latter clinging to hems. As Angel Haze was played overhead, models strode about in pocketed boobtubes, pinafore style tops, orange trench coats, and dresses; for the faint hearted, simple knit/trouser combos also made an appearance.
Shedding the comfort of Fashion East, Shaun Samson stepped out on his own for AW13 with a mixed collection that took in ice hockey style striped tops, exaggerated knits, cotton pyjamas and iridescent padded jackets. Footwear came in the form of tall Doc Marten boots while text emblazoned blankets were strewn over shoulders. Last season’s grunge element was present with lightweight plaid shorts while white shirt collars popped up under tees and over rollnecks, adding an air of sophistication.
E. Tautz served up plenty of tartan, primarily in purple and orange colourways but of varying sized check. Elasticated hem trousers brought in a sportier silhouette, while heavyweight wool trench coats in navy and tartan maintained the labels smart aesthetic.
Korean designer Jae Wan Park took over the basement of the Seven Dials Presents shop on Neal Street, for his neat presentation of tailoring. Inspired by the surrealist Rene Magritte, collars were made a focal point with brown and oatmeal lapels.
Heading back to The Hospital Club we took a close look at Sibling’s ‘Please Kill Me’ knits (feeling those flowers), Baartmans & Siegel’s snow coloured puffa coats (like clouds!), and William Richard Green’s cylinder headed convict army (stripes aplenty).
Katie Eary was our last date of the day and what a date it was. Fuchsia flowers (or should that be lobsters?) were printed across tops, jackets and trousers alike, in fabrics varying from neoprene to metallic chiffon; sunglasses and gold made for lavish accessories. To a hip hop heavy soundtrack marched guys in bright trainers and a single gal in black stilettos.
Autumn Winter’s looking real bright kids.
Trend of the day? Neoprene was integral to J.W. Anderson and upped the ante at Katie Eary.
Tunes of the day? Shaun Samson ended with Vanilla Ice while E. Tautz dished up a cover of Kate Bush.
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