Highlights from day one of London Collections: Men.

SEVENTIES: Tight tops and big flares aside, the knitted vests, Gola esc trainers, prom date suits and lurex turtlenecks ensured Topman Design’s modern interpretation was carried off with upmost authenticity. Styled by Luke Day, the look was on point and charmed most of the audience’s females.

PINSTRIPE: Inspired by the ‘demob’ suits of World War Two soldiers, Matthew Miller made the look modern with the help of flowers – draped beautifully around necks and wrists – and wet hair. While a knee length coat channeled late 90’s early 00’s, a shorter jacket displayed a fantastic pointed collar and pockets.

RICH: Nicomede Talavera’s debut offering for MAN used attractive fabrics of a rich quality pulled into simple shapes (look three’s black silk baggy trousers were a highlight), making it one of the strongest of the day. The mix of heavy silks alongside cute gingham and black pinstripes was a highly seducing combination. 

BOYSCOUT: Opening looks of Liam Hodges’ first MAN showing threw away what we thought we knew, with his DIY like language visible away from the monochrome palette that has so far defined him. Use of accessories and props (a huge flag for one), pushed his aesthetic further through green, red and beige ensembles.

PURPLE: While not exclusively purple, the colour offered some of Bobby Abley’s strongest looks. His strong penchant for Disney characters was noted once again, but so too was a clean aesthetic; the non-themed zip jacket in look 46 was especially good looking.

CLARITY: In a similar vein to their SS14 collection – that showed Agi & Sam off as more than just print masters – yesterday’s show was a tasteful calm of blue, white and camel, with pieces carrying a sense of ease through their loose shapes. The edition of socks and sandals and a carpet catwalk further instigated a feeling of peace.  

Soundtrack of the day: Talking Heads' 'Road to Nowhere' at Richard Nicoll.


Original MAN and Agi & Sam images via Style.com.


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