AMcqueenAW14image2-1Fashionistas always beat a path to Alexander McQueen runway shows no matter what the venue and this time round it was at the rundown Welsh Chapel on the Charing Cross Road. Long dramatic coats teamed with monochromatic shirts imaged with pics of Lucian Freud and Brit poet Oliver Bernard, structured zippered ensembles finished off with black stack-heel lace-up shoes made a cool and startling look. Creative director Sarah Burton with Harley Hughes, Head of Menswear design excited the audience with stripe patchwork suits, gold stripes woven into evening coats and striking black and white tartan suitwear. Wow!

Topman Design AW14-2TOPMAN Design showed inviting inexpensive structured sharp tailoring with a flourish of PVC skinny trousers on a water drenched catwalk at the Old Sorting Office, 21 New Oxford Street, London WC1. Anticipating a wet and windy autumn, TOPMAN rolled out a fisherman-inspired collection with practical but stylish crochet jumpers, funnel neck knits in a palette of black, navy and orange and a creative take on the English traditional duffle coat.

DSCN4343-1Baartmans and Seigel produced an arctic- inspired backdrop for some very wearable coats, suits, jackets and trousers at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, 1 Flitcroft Street, London WC2. Featured too were a capsule collection of three coats in collaboration with Penfield combining soft shell outer layer, down insulation, hidden seams, pockets and zippers, and black fur trims.

DSCN4276-1We’ve been keeping a keen eye on huntergather for some time, so was particularly pleased to  join designer and business partners David Bradshaw and Chris Bailey for the breakfast runway at their store on 68 Wigmore Street, London W1. Featuring Jackson Pollock drip splash
signature shirts and trousers, black leather bombers and post-punk street jackets fastened with giant gold safety pins, this collection will be a big hit with Clash and Sex Pistol fans who like their eighties with a contemporary twist.

??????????Over at Tateossian’s flagship jewellery store on 27 Conduit Street, London W1, we were invited to see specially commissioned blogger bracelet designs. “I was inspired by London and LA,” said Dan Hasby-Oliver showing us his creation (pictured centre-above).  A bit tight on space (it’s a very small shop!) we couldn’t help admiring the very attractive cufflinks that owner Robert Tateossian is renowned for.

DSCN4266-1Thomas Pink surprised us at the superbly elegant Institute of Contemporary Art, 12 Carlton House Terrace with a gritty urban presentation featuring models posing on array of scaffolding.  A very established British heritage menswear company, one of the design team told us “he was looking to get the sons of the generation of customer they already had.”  With a wide and convincing choice of contemporary designs in this collection, a newer younger customer-base is bound to be attracted.

Pretty Green AW14-2For a real rock and roll event we headed to the Pretty Green runway at The Beat Club, 48 Margaret Street, London W1, once frequented by the Who and John Lennon. To the sounds of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Oasis, sharp looking models wearing black duffle coats, blue shirts, signature faux fur parkas, narrow trousers and cool sunglasses showed a great clubwear and streetwear collection that really rocked!

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