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London Collections: Men day two 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


Read: London Collections: Men day one diary

10am: Christopher Raeburn show
Polar expedition chic was the look that greeted us on the morning of the second day of LC:M, with textured, padded jackets and fur-lined parkas in beiges and oranges proving a hit with the crowd. The final look, an enormous sheepskin coat, certainly looked the best bet for keeping warm and super-stylish this autumn/winter.

11am: Hunter Gather presentation
Great cuts and fine detail were the main focus of the Hunter Gather presentation, with jewel-encrusted collars and oversized coats grabbing the attention of those in attendance.

12pm: James Long show
Futuristic sportswear-inspired pieces proved one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of the day at James Long. Super-glossy ponyskin and sleek satin in blues and black were among the altogether other-worldly surfaces that elevated the designer’s collection to a whole new stratosphere of style.

2pm: Nicole Farhi presentation
Patchwork knits, plaids and tweed were some of the highlights of the Nicole Farhi presentation. The label, putting last year’s financial difficulties behind it, displayed pieces that will no doubt be winter staples by the end of the year.

2.30pm: Duchamp presentation
Classic, timeless tailoring was the key look at Duchamp. Suits and blazers in checks and velvet caught the eye with a strong emphasis on quality, cut and fit. Models sat playing leisurely games of chess and cards – a welcome, gentlemanly break to mark the mid-point of London Collections: Men.

3pm: Kay Kwok show
Sci-fi digital prints and patchwork patterns were worn alongside glittering chest-plates and enormous sculptural pieces at Kay Kwok. The Hong Kong-born designer continued to wow the crowd with his spaceship and alien motifs, all set to a thumping techno-rave soundtrack.

5pm: YMC show
Contemporary, wearable YMC offered a welcome contrast to the more abstract and traditional pieces seen earlier in the day, with star, striped and floral prints set against a palette of navy, jade and burnt reds that established a distinctly autumnal tone. Mitten-shaped pockets on cardigans were a playful highlight.

7pm: Casely-Hayford show
Punk rock styling ended the second day for LC:M. Tartan, cropped-leg trousers and gold accessories were the main highlights of the Casely-Hayford show, illustrating the founding duo’s ability to reinvent luxury contemporary tailoring.



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