BurberryFinale-1Anarchy in the U.K., New Gothic, Jackson Pollock and Lucian Freud were just a few of the highly creative themes amongst the 130 designers participating in catwalk shows, presentations and events at London Collections: Men, around the capital’s City and West End areas on the 6th -8th January. Burberry Prorsum opted for the Kensington Gardens to showcase Christopher Bailey’s “A Painterly Journey” featuring oak leaf patterned great coats, striped raincoats paired with deep cut round necked string vests and street-map scarves. Models carrying luxe giant manbags sashayed down the catwalk wearing effeminately worn massive silk scarves and claret patterned heavy wraps, the latter of which are bound to be big sellers at their flagship store on 121 Regent Street, London W1 later this year.

KatieEaryAW14LCMLondon has always been famous for unconventional outlandish fashionwear and Katie Eary didn’t disappoint, sending models down the runway wearing black Mickey Mouse helmets and post-punk red leopard skin prints zapped up with bondage buckles and zips – all to the Sex Pistols “Anarchy In the UK”. Abstract cartoon faces on T-shirts and back packs with bling added to these striking club and festivalwear looks.   Aside from the helmets, we liked the fiercely striking red and yellow hairstyles created by the Fudge team who styled hair for many of the shows including James Long, Sibling, Lou Dalton and Fashion East.

DSCN4241Emerging London designers get a great opportunity to showcase at LCM and to engage directly with press and buyers. Alex Mullins based in Shoreditch, East London and who graduated from St Martins was showing his very first collection at the central hub for designer showrooms, The Hospital Club, 24 Endell St WC2. Alex told us that “he was crazy about cowboys and it’s a constant inspiration for his work”.

DSCN4244Also amongst our hot tips for talent was designer Jaewan Park, (see above) based in Dalston Square, London E8 whose jackets had intriguing lapels that fade into the main body of the garment. In between shows we visited The Hospital Club, excellently equipped with bars, Lavazza coffee lounge and a restaurant to relax in.

??????????Down in the basement of the BFC show space, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, John Lobb most elegantly displayed a sumptuous collection that included their classic signature double buckle shoes. Impressive too were the boots and waterproof soled shoes perfect for inclement British weather! For the current collection of ready to wear and bespoke, visit John Lobb’s flagship store at 88 Jermyn Street, London SW1.

DSCN4312-1Crombie took over the Vinyl Factory, Marshall Street in the Carnaby shopping district to showcase their sharp and tailored silhouette inspired heritage collection. Swanning around the diversity of overcoat and jacket styles was celebrity X-Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary soaking up the fashion presentation. He had just got his hands on a copy our book, Fashion Fabulous London and said “It’s a great idea” enthusiastically turning the pages. Would it be a slim and sharp single-breasted or double-breasted checked wool and cashmere suit that he would be seeing him in the next TV series?

DSCN4313-1A favourite from this collection are the broken herringbone Crombie coats with hand-stitched astrakhan collars. Always good are the military styles that will be coming up in white, chocolate, granite and moss green.

Don’t miss our Part 2 of London Collections: Men that will be posted in the next few days!

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