London Collections: Men AW13

It was my first time reviewing at London Collections: Men, namely Men’s fashion week (about time too!) with the Hospital Club in Covent Garden acting as base camp with rooms dedicated to the tired and disheveled fashion industry (although maybe that was just just me) with a press room handing out free drinks and champagne, a Fudge hair salon where I got a wonderful free blow dry and a bulging goodybag, with of course, the basement room where a couple of my favourite designers showed:

Katie Eary took on the idea of death and ‘pained romance’ in a beautiful, colourful and decadent collection, with floral and blue lobster printed suiting.

I thought the whole True Blood, Twilight, vampire thing had blown over, but Ms Eary takes it into a modern (and superior) direction. Think of a luxurious, dark and mythical banquet with 20 something rich kid vampires and there you have the mens and women’s collection for Autumn/Winter ’13.

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Martin Rose hosted a presentation with, what I thought was a 90’s meets 60’s Manchester mod scene in a public house inspiration – when apparently Rose took inspiration from Jamaican ghetto kings…

I personally don’t see it, even the liquor patchwork detailing features Heineken, Stella Artois and Irish stout – all of which are beers/lager you would find in a traditional English pub, surely it would make more sense to go with rum for a Carribbean vibe?

Regardless of concept, I loved the collection – baggy trousers and tight tops, parka coats and printed shirts – I would wear all of it! Androgyny please.

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J.W. Anderson took a lot of criticism for his Autumn/Winter ’13 collection with a feminine twist showcasing short scalloped shorts, skirts and dresses for menswear, but I loved it – one of my favourite collections infact. Probably because I would wear all of it (!) but other than that, I think it takes a new direction in menswear reaching out to men who like to show a bit of leg. Why not?

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One thing I didn’t get over LCM was the Oliver Spencer catwalk, not the collection but the fact that the designer had chosen to use a T4 presenter to model a part of his collection. There are so many professional models who need the exposure and money- having lost a job over a celebrity.

Ouch.

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