DSCN4291-1Cosy, comfortable, well-crafted knitwear in midnight navy, caramel, greys and claret were amongst the key looks for the Autumn/Winter catwalk shows, presentations and events at London Collections: Men, around the capital’s City and West End areas on the 6th -8th January. These were beautifully exemplified at Nicole Farhi’s show at 36 St Georges Street, London W1 where Creative Director, Joanna Sykes’s geometric designs really caught our eye (see above).

??????????The relaxed coats, jackets and loose trousers were commendably made in collaboration with a number of English Mills and a commitment to natural and organic fabrics.

DSCN4295-1Meeting up with, Joanna Sykes she took us “backstage” to the third floor where  a special photo shoot of models was taking place. “There’s going to be changes to the shop on Conduit Street – looking more like a gallery space.” She told us. “With homeware and more wearable clothes.”

??????????Pringle of Scotland, one of the first luxury knitwear manufacturers in the world showed a most tempting collection at the very elegant Bloomsbury House, 4 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1. Among the highlights were jackets with kilt belts, magnified diamond patterns on jumpers and square panelled leather bomber jackets with woollen detailing inside.

??????????Beautiful brown leather jackets and polo necks, another key look for Autumn/Winter 2014, were also shown. One of their themes was a game of contrasts, fitted jackets and loose trousers and vice versa

??????????Pringle of Scotland tries to incorporate knit features into garments because that is why people buy Pringle. They invented the ladies twinset and it was interesting to see that that they had taken this idea into the men’s collection. Jumpers were worn with shirts that had matching tartans to create a man twinset. Overall, Pringle of Scotland produced a collection with much to see that successfully combined its heritage signature with contemporary style.

DSCN4320-1In the spirit of London fashion, Fashion Fabulous’s Tracy Rose was wearing a black silk waistcoat made by waistcoat specialist Andy and Tuly, Princes Arcade, Jermyn Street, London SW1 featuring hand-embroidered copies of two sketches of her famous Royal Ascot hats.

DSCN4351-2…and here’s one of the millinery motifs in close-up.

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Daily Mail, June 20th 2012

Don’t miss our Part 3 of London Collections: Men that will be posted in the next few days!

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