January 07, 2014

Fashion | Day Two of the Autumn/Winter London Collections: Men.

Hello lovely readers, it is Day Two the London Collections: Men!

Yes, after a night of almighty celebration get-togethers (the Marks & Spencer: Best of British looked nothing short of a blast!), the chaos of showcases has returned in full force and to start it all off was the eccentric designer J.W. Anderson. For such a young gentleman, Anderson has a keen eye for the weirdly wonderful and creative side of the fashion world which makes his shows always an eye-catching treat. Although his work is rather outlandish for me, I cannot fault his impeccable knack for tailoring and his designs are always memorable. Bravo!

Margaret Howell.
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The marvellous designs didn’t stop there as Christopher Raeburn hit the scene accompanied by his signature ashen whites and icy blues. I adored the polar bear-embezzled scarfs and jumpers; the bomber jacket was also stunning. Raeburn never ceases to create weather-suitable clothing. But the piece that stood out for me (and has also caused the biggest stir) was the polar bear take on a teddy bear coat. So snug!

Margaret Howell is the master of leaving me lusting after her collections and she didn’t disappoint this morning! She combines smart and casual superbly. All of items featured in the show were positively splendid. I took a particular liking to the coats and roll necks.

I found myself slightly swaying with giddiness when Richard James unveiled his suave collection. Full of patterns, shimmering eveningwear and big checks, James wowed us with his fabulous suits. The coats and jackets were especially wonderful with the diverse difference between them all. A brilliant take on the Wall Street Banker look.
Hackett London.
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British Vouge

Hackett London knows how to put on a show! With a theme being the “return to the glamorous and sophisticated era of foreign travel”, the show began with bellboys and stylish luggage. Rather dapper-tastic pinstripe suits, cosy wool cardigans accompanied by blazers, and Thom Evans sporting the raglan sleeves that seem to have taken LC:M by storm.

Beards, suits and chess! That’s just a few delights that Duchamp displayed. It was a presentation of the lads’ night all men want to experience and what better than to do it in style? I must agree with British GQ, the double-breasted Scottish wool suit is gorgeous!

There were two presentations I was really looking forward to and one of them is, of course, Alexander McQueen. The venue (a Welsh chapel) in which the show was held was quite mystical all by itself! Personally, it has to be the best hosting venue so far. Everybody was eagerly anticipating the reveal of McQueen’s always unique collection. As the show began, the models filed out with unusually fashionable feathers coating their hair. That alone truly is in real Alexander McQueen style! I loved the structure of the catwalk that lead the models all around for all to see. The majority of the stunning collection consisted of wet-looks, giant checks and stripes, and the sharpest cut suits around. One of my favourite pieces was the Oliver Bernard portrait coat (check it out here); in fact, I liked all the portrait designs. The platform boots, the pink check kilts and a new meaning to "black magic", I was once more left with this: “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”


Alexander McQueen.
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Crombie.
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British GQ
Following McQueen was another strong collection by Crombie. Inspired Modern Militia, each piece had its own uniqueness and stood out individually as they lay upon army-like mannequins. Crombie never fails with their coats and the selection featured was nothing short of sleek, sexy and seductive. Like British GQ, I adored the tab-colour and horse-shoe waistcoat piece. It’s not question that I would very much like to see that around town!

RAKE took the LC:M to a more Knight Rider level with its florescent laser catwalk and club-like lighting, what a way to build up the anticipation. And what a show it was. The collection was absolutely fantastic and as sophisticated as the modern day man can be. The hats were a particular favourite of mine. All the designs are perfectly wearable. I also noticed and rather liked the variety of the models (regarding age), it was a very refreshing change!


The second show I was very much looking forward to alongside Alexander McQueen was Savile Row. This year, Savile Row’s presentation took place at the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms. Once again, Savile Row has been the most incredible of them all. They never get it wrong. The location was as exquisite as ever and the clothing was simply beautiful. With  You cannot get any better than being INSIDE Churchill’s War Rooms.
Savile Row.
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British GQ
It's time for collage of my favourite David Gandy shots from today and I would like to thank Sim and Anne again for sending me photos! 

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So that’s a wrap! Day Two of the LC:M showcases is over. Of course, there will be some evening parties around tonight.

Until tomorrow!

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