Mcqueen AW15-1From Alexander McQueen to Xander Zhou, more than seventy British and international menswear designers showcased their collections at the Designer Showrooms and runways in the heart of London during a four day period from 9th -12th January. Featuring over 32 catwalk shows and 37 presentations London is the creative capital of the world for men’s fashions. Alexander McQueen (above)  showed velvet jacquard panelled suits looked great but strikingly  massive  vertical graphic  slogans such as VALOUR, HONOUR and TRUTH may prove a bit too much for some men to wear. Blue military suits and the jackets with peony motifs were very appealing indeed.

DSCN5607-2TOPMAN Design showed how to do the 70’s right at their catwalk at the Old Sorting Office, 21 New Oxford Street, London WC1 featuring flared bottom jeans, patchwork shearling coats and Bay City Roller tartans to the sounds of David Essex and Sweet. We loved the ankle length trenches but brave will be guys that venture out in jumpsuits this autumn. Certainly there were influences from past Burberry collections – which is not an entirely a bad thing at all! And several eye-catching tartan suits and casuals with prominent star motifs are likely to be very popular. X-factor winner Ben Haenow made his LCM front row debut guided fashion show regular Dermot O’Leary. Also happily frowing were David Gandy and Nick Grimshaw.

DSCN5608-1One gets to see some very weird and wonderful venues during the course of LC:M and London Fashion Week and  right up there with them all was the Hentsch Man presentation at 8 Walker’s , Soho W1, a disused sex shop down London’s  infamous sex alley!

Here the focus was Grunge, Nirvana and Cowboy themes. We liked the black oversized woollen coats, red and window pane checks, white skinny chinos, green two piece suit, white trousers paired with white Doc Marten footwear.

DSCN5610-1Loving the cool electric blue two piece suit, this was a popular presentation where we downed a delicious rum and ginger beer cocktail. Hentsch Man is available in Bluebird Chelsea, Duke  Street Emporium and Opening Ceremony.  A label definitely to watch!

According to market research company Mintel, the UK menswear market is worth a staggering £12.9billion for the year ending 2013 and estimated to rise to £19billion by 2019.

DSCN5612-1Soulland’s presentation at St, George’s, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SA was a completely different affair  at St, George’s, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way, WC1 featuring. Scandinavian influenced menswear stocked in London’s Goodhood store on Curtain Road, Shoreditch, East London. Here we saw circular patches on skinny rolled up chinos, a cool black and white suit with contrasting checks (see photo), gold lurex jumper and aviator jacket with sheepskin collar.  Overall, an impressive collection that is sure to go down well with the guys of East London! We also like the accompanying piano music.

DSCN5613-1…more Soulland’s relaxed style

DSCN5615-1…a great look for the man who wants to hit the streets of edgy East London.

DSCN5611-1Brrrr! Moschino showed ice blue coats, silver trousers and chunky fur boots  their runway show at Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, London SW1. The audience was treated to a Christmas card winter scene complete with fir trees and fake winter snow.

DSCN5612-1For the man who likes his furs, Moschino offfered up black and white zebra and leopard – grrr!

Centre stage for the British Fashion Council’s Ready to Wear showcase was The Hospital Club, 24 Endell St WC2, excellently equipped with bars, coffee lounge and a restaurant to relax in whilst Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, was the showcase venue for Accessory designers.

DSCN5621-1One of the highlights of the Ready to Wear collections was Gloverall whose collections always centres on duffle coats that they invented in 1951. Just about all the fashion houses have been inspired by its design at some point. This time round coats were badged up!

DSCN5618-1There was no shortage of creativity…here’s a trio of Bob Abley’s futuristic designs….

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??????????Pretty Green showed a selection of their more upscale Black Label range for Autumn/Winter 2015 collection at The Hospital Club and a runway show in the basement of the Edition Hotel, Berners Street, London W1. A good selection of long overcoats, patterned jackets and large bags were featured.

DSCN5633-1CSB is a label that has just launched from its base in the Columbia Road area of East London. The designer had previously worked at Donna Karan and Emanuel Ungaro so we expect it to be hot!

DSCN5624-1Always with her finger on the button is Fashion Fabulous London’s Tracy Rose reporting from the front row of the shows.

DSCN5634-1Lutwyche showed an elegant menswear presentation at the Ice Tank, Grape Street, Covent Garden. There were some great very wearable coats to be seen and all the clothes are made in England!

DSCN5635-1Lutwyche’s shop is located just off of Savile Row at 15c Clifford Street, London W1.

DSCN5637-1Models arrived in Lutwyche tuxedos and drank champagne and whisky cocktails served throughout the evening.

DSCN5639-1David Gandy was there too! He was just about at every event during the London Men’s Week.

??????????Checking out the Accessory Designers showrooms at Victoria House in Bloomsbury, we came across the London Sock Company that had a pack of David Gandy’s three styles from their collection. Speaking to Dave Pickard he told us that the socks were inspired by Victorian heritage designs The brand is stocked in Welsh and Jeffries of Savile Row.

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DSCN5619Otis Batterbee’s bag collection was inspired by the modernist Isokon London Building. Their bags are available in Harrods and Liberty.

DSCN5632-1Xander Zhou showed a Wild West cowboy theme at his catwalk at the Old Sorting Office, 21 New Oxford Street, London WC1. Ankle length trousers, short coats of mink, sheep and fox furs were featured in clock colouring.

DSCN5633-1Leather jackets finished with tie-up bottoms paired with camel coloured leather trousers looked stylish completed with the new footwear range.

DSCN5634-1This orange coat was definitely striking…

DSCN5636-1YeeHaa! There were cow patterns in a range of colours!

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DSCN5625-1Russell Rose and Tracy Rose bringing you the highlights of yet another successful London Mens Collections!

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