I think my dark l.a.Eyeworks glasses went on first, even before I reached over to turn off the alarm. Three days on the trot watching fashion and sipping champagne or anything sparkly takes it's toll on a semi-sushi fuelled body. Nevertheless I was soon on the tea at the Jermyn Street, St James's Showcase at Fortnum & Mason, getting the low down from experts such as Jaen-Pierre Joubert (head butler the Ritz) on how to properly pack garments, Carmelo Guastella (respected barber) on the closest shave and Christopher Mundy (Budd Shirtmakers) on how to style a pocket square. It was seriously fascinating and I will go through recommendations on later posts.
Sankuanz's Asian boy invitation had us all prepped up for an outrageous collection and although the styling was pretty out there with papier-mâché claws and more, the collection itself was a clever mix of 18th century tuxedos with modern day sportswear.
Ede & Ravenscroft SS15 couldn't have been more different! It was certainly all about Pimm's and balmy summer afternoons playing croquet on the lawn. Collarless shirts, bow ties, trilby hats, and of course the de riguer pocket-handkerchief were key pieces, as too were the linen jackets in pastel shades.
Chester Barrie was a much-awaited presentation. To me it's ALL MAN (I guess because my father wore the label). With the brand's new direction on styling, it's exciting to see what boundaries they've pushed. This season it was definitely about the check jacket with shawl collar. Speaking to Chris Modoo, Chester Barrie's creative director was certainly a treat and of course seeing my FAVOURITE AW14 piece - the 5-pocket trouser - translated into a SS15 lightweight version was spot on.
The Spring/Summer offering of London Collections: Mens is always a great mix between traditional British labels and new more creative designers. The meeting of the two is really what makes it so awesomely special, and so London!