From Kit Neale's highly anticipated runway show debut, to the fabulous presentation by Barbour, the variety and diversity on display on day one at London Collections: Men definitely did not disappoint.
The London men's shows bring an exquisite mix of traditional tailoring with creative expression that has no boundaries, and is so refreshing! Each season they keep my heart pounding.
The theme and departure point for Kit Neale's collection was the circus with its over-the-top bright colours of red, blue and russet. He used this theme to continue his exploration of British culture. Renowned for his illustrative prints, this year he was more muted allowing for explosively freehand embroidered patched to be super imposed on the pieces. The orange mohair coat and printed long dust coat styled with fabulous Andrew Logan jewellery were simply to die for!
The best of Super Save Me - Christopher Shannon, of course has got to be those amazingly wearable tracksuit pants and puffas. But then the fun really stars when you see his 90’s throw back tracksuit pants with poppers revealing shorts! The pieces feature wader-style sleeves, Velcro style fasteners to play on shape, delicious waist defining peplums and Judy Blanes key chains. Oh and did I mention the great colour detailing on the Trousers pockets ?
Barbour's first showing at LC:M highlights the importance of traditional heritage history for the brand yet at the same time catapults it into a more relevant fashion setting of today's man. Staying true to their favourite colour palette setting of olive, navy and brown, there was a new, more contemporary whiff of urban street wear! My personal favourite was the digital print camouflage trouser/jacket/shirt combo and the nutmeg padded quilted jacket. And of course who could forget the “can’t keep my eyes off you” beautiful models!