The Spring Summer 2014 shows at London Collections: Men continued in our fair captial today and our roving reporter Nick Barron was on the scene to bring you the highlights from Day Two...
1. JW ANDERSON
Last season at LC:M, you couldn't open a paper without seeing a shot of JW Anderson's controversial 'skorts', the shorts/skirt hybrid that got a lot of press attention, to say the least. So all eyes were on the Irishman this morning when he unveiled his SS14 collection, and he didn't let us down. Halter necks for boys in a variety of colours, structured assymetrical tops, and even a cropped black number, which showed off the model's impossibly tiny waist, were all on display. There were sheer vests - and there have been many sheer pieces over the last two days - and oversized pockets that looked not unlike underpants... Well, at least he's recycling. It was a great show for spectacle and wondering what on earth would come next; it always is. Quite who is going to wear it, apart from the odd Japanese fashion editor, is another story.
'East Side Story' was the theme for Sibling's collection, and the Americana certainly came through in the clothes (and the soundtrack - the finale rolled out to 'I Want to be in America'). They started out with a bit of double denim, some utility-chic on a boiler suit and 'Jet Boy' logo T-shirts, before segueing into their trademark knits. What can we say apart from, gosh, that's a very... open weave. Lots of model flesh on display! We'll need to burn a bit of blubber before we can purchase... There followed a pastel section and a couple of blue and white, stars & stripes looks to finish off. And the models were all SMILING as they went down the catwalk, which was nice to see, though how could they not be having fun in those clothes?
3. RICHARD JAMES
If we GET a summer next year, then Richard James has got it sorted. Today he chose the BMW showroom on Park Lane to present a gorgeous and beautifully straightforward spring/summer collection to a packed house, with a FROW including Jesse Metcalfe (remember the Desperate Housewives gardener? Still hot) and David Furnish, who wore a pair of studded Louboutin slippers we like to think were a gift from Elton.
The collection was perfect summer fare, including beautiful tailoring in gentle blues, soft pinks and off-whites (complete with a little bit of bling on the shirts beneath - yes please!). There were plenty of white shorts and trousers, perfect for summer, and one eye-catching bright orange number, a colour that also popped up in a much gentler shade on jackets and blazers. This is summer clothing for grown-up men who can still be a little playful with their wardrobes, and will always look smart. Love, love, love.
4. SAVILE ROW
Trekking all the way to Lords cricket ground in north west London for a show felt like a bit of a chore, but the Savile Row event that awaited us was, as we've come to expect, pretty special. The whisky offered on arrival said everything - no bubbles here, this is London Collections MEN and this is what a gentleman drinks. Outside, row upon row of suited gents modelled tailoring by the likes of Hardy Amies, Dege & Skinner and Timothy Everest. There was a blue section, a pastel parade and, of course, the whites, among which sat actor - and model, apparently - Dougray Scott. You cannot help but be impressed by the suiting on display from this crowd; they've been doing it forever and they still do it brilliantly.
Hackett is a brand that knows what it does, and does it well. Everything you would expect to see from a Hackett spring/summer collection was here tonight - suits and smart separates in summer shades, and even some candy stripes and straw hats. Is it new? Is it structural, asymmetrical what-nots that play with gender roles? No, it's not. But if you walked into Sainsburys to buy your dinner and found the shelves full of live chickens dyed purple, pecking at you whilst laying eggs in the aisles, you would think something was wrong. Hackett has a customer base which it loyally serves year-on-year with its collections. This season's offerings were showcased in the gorgrous riverside setting of Old Billingsgate Market, with no less than the London Philharmonic Orchestra providing the music. The Hackett man will have plenty to shop for this time next year.
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