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London Collections: Men day three diary


As the new year begins so does the new menswear season, with the London Collections: Men shows and presentations flooding the West End with dapper and stylish fellows all keen to see what the designers have in store for autumn/winter 2014. Here’s how day two shaped up for Global Blue menswear reporter Ruairidh Pritchard

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9am: Agi & Sam show
The final day of London Collections: Men kicked off with one of the most hyped shows of the season – Agi & Sam. The duo, who won the Emerging Menswear Designer award at the 2013 British Fashion Awards, stunned the crowd with an entirely monochrome collection. Stripes, large, bold checks and layers dictated Agi & Sam’s design aesthetic for autumn/winter 2014.

10am: E Tautz show
E Tautz, Savile Row contemporary tailor and master of modernised classic menswear, similarly proved a big crowd-pleaser, with houndstooth deconstructed checks alongside touches of colour-blocking shown across sharp-looking, precision-cut suits, oversized trench coats and cashmere sweaters. The biggest revelation, however, was the show-stopping final look, which featured an embroidered and embellished cropped pea coat.

11am: Sibling show
Knitwear master Sibling continued to hold the title of ‘funnest show of the season’, with happy, smiling models cheerily bounding down the catwalk in cable knits, crochet and fur, alongside patchwork denim and the label’s signature leopard print – this season reincarnated as base layers in shades of mauve, purple and grey. Sequin-adorned bomber jackets and polo shirts together with furry, fluffy 3D striped cardigans, belted at the waist, completed the knitting trio’s happy-go-lucky look.

12pm: Pringle of Scotland presentation
Continuing the knitwear theme, the next stop was Pringle of Scotland’s presentation, where traditional, classic design was given high-tech edge. Patchwork cable knits and high-cut turtle-neck sweaters caught the eye, but it was the finer details that stood out most – our favourite being the full-grain leather jacket with super-soft cashmere lining, a perfect choice for chilly autumn evenings.

1pm: Katie Eary show
Things got a little edgier at the Katie Eary show, where the designer’s Bipolar collection followed a similar theme to that of Bobby Abley’s collection at Monday’s Man show – Disney gone dark. Tartan-clad, mohican-coiffed mice sporting hardware in the form of S&M-inspired harnesses were the main attraction, with kilted layering, PVC skinny-fit trousers and red and black cowhide prints also piquing the interest of those on the front row.

2pm: Burberry Prorsum show
Undoubtedly the main event of the season, the Burberry Prorsum show was again held in beautiful Kensington Gardens. Knitwear and scarves were introduced to the collection’s accessories for the first time; heavy, bold, checked and patterned shawls and oversized man bags were the main talking points, alongside map-printed silk scarves, sweaters adorned with cityscapes and shirts printed with autumn leaves, all of which captured the attention of the audience.

5pm: Chester Barrie presentation
Luxe tailoring and fine details were the main highlights at the Chester Barrie presentation, set in the glamorous private club at the Ivy restaurant, where suavely suited models relaxed and ‘gambled’ in the casino-themed space. Classic tuxedos, bold turtle-neck sweaters matched with velvet blazers and paisley print silk scarves in a palette that ranged across teal, berry and navy were just some of the highlights on show.

6pm: A Sauvage show
The last show of the season, A Sauvage, saw long-haired hipsters sporting classically cut suits, blazers and coats in emerald and purples, covered in the label’s new house prints – tartan, cheetah print and the A Sauvage monogram. Suede and leather biker jackets, graphic sweatshirts and patchwork bomber jackets added a more informal touch, rounding out what we are sure will be one of the most coveted collections of next season.

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