Fashion | Day One of the 2015 Autumn/Winter London Collections: Men.

Hello lovely readers, today is the ninth and guess what that means? The LC:M is back! Yes, my favourite event in January (aside from the sales, of course) has arrived. As per usual, I will be here in my little corner of the internet discussing my likes, lusts, and loves from the array of brands presented in the London Collections: Men over the next few days.

After an opening evening at The Rake, day one was kicked off by the LC: M ambassadors (as well as some familiar faces) that out in force to officially start this four-day extravaganza with a particularly modern and artistic opening event at The Hospital Club. Either everyone has a strong fashion sense or a memo was potentially sent out because the tailoring and style is strong this year!

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Next on the schedule was the menswear final for the International Woolmark Prize. For those unfamiliar with the International Woolmark Prize, it is a competition that acknowledges unique labels from all corners of the world that are slowly building their empire. I would like to bid revolutionary New York brand, Public School a huge congratulations for winning this prestigious award!
Kit Neale
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The first show came from none other than Topman, the everyday-man's haven and notorious LC:M contributor. As always, the dynamic label supplied a supremely versatile AW15 collection. I was positively infatuated with the sharp, check suits in this collections. Topman has cleverly revitalized the flared ankle grazer with a statement, knee-skimming, blazer. So from suit and tee combinations to seventies statement fur, Topman have outdone themselves once again.

Following Topman's spirited instalment, I was surprised to be captivated by Kit Neale's collection. Devising inspiration from what looks like a book of collages, Neale has returned this year with a dose of colourful pieces. Situated in a them of alphabet patchwork, I would like to single out the complete alphabet suit with a Pop Art style pork-pie hat as the best piece from the collection.

Universal Works took a rather dark approach with navy and ebony tones and soft tailoring. To heighten the experience, the show was placed at St. George's Church (Bloomsbury) where the models joined hands, creating a perfect sphere and a spiritual atmosphere. UW wins best venue for Day One of the LC:M.

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Doning earthy shades from the autumn spectrum, Private White V.C. provided a comfortable collection of co-ordinated outfits suited for a walk in the park or a relaxed date. What stood out from this selection is the jeans for which were coloured from the leaf shade spectrum, creating mossy chocolate tones.

Aquascutum have taken a classical turn in their AW15 collection with a sophisticated and well-tailored clothing. With a helping hand from Toni and Guy, the models looks fiercely stylish as they showcased the elegant line. With a theme of the Modern Gentlemen, the luxury brand explored the avenues of simple suits, statement ties, and tantalizing trench coats. A truly stunning blend of contemporary and traditional!

The award for most peculiar collection of the day absolutely goes to Christopher Shannon this year. Are plastic bags meant for disposing or are the better suited for reuse? The answer is apparently the latter! I'm all for the bizarre but this particular, Rorschach/Slender Man like, accessory is slightly too "out there" for me. However, to contrast, it was excellently creative and as an artist, I do appreciate it! Following the bag theme, my favourite piece from the collection comes in the form of a knit jumper emblazoned with a bag and the words "Thanks 4 Nothing." What a edgy piece, I love it.

Christopher Shannon

Favourite Collection: Aquascutum
Favourite Ensemble: Kit Neale's Alphabet Suit.
Favourite Venue: St. George's Church, Bloomsbury (Universal Works)
Favourite Street Style: Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor

Hudson Taylor at the Barbour show.

That's it for Day One! It's been a strong start and I most definitely look forward to its successors. See you tomorrow!

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