So in case you wondered if I disappeared off the side of the blogging planet, fear not, I’ve just been out and about in London for LCM! Three days of boy’s clothes, drinks receptions and David Gandy has me all inspired. SS14 promises to be colourful but chic gentlemen with some impeccable tailoring thrown in for good measure from our friends on Savile Row. So, what were the highlights, well, how long do you have???
Hackett is one big burst of colour for SS14, with inspiration coming from the Italian fashion illustrator René Gruau whose 1960s menswear illustrations are another 60s influence and particularly in the use of colour and pattern in the collection. The Hackett collection is versatile and will add linens and lightweight tweeds to the gentleman’s everyday wardrobe, perhaps a sensible direction given our volatile climate. The palate consisted of fresh colours like pink and yellow in the form of suits and coats, creating a visual statement for the iconic brand.
A resort brand by design, Orlebar Brown wins the award for translating their inspiration into wearable summer pieces. Looking to Monaco, from the racing to the affluent lifestyle, OB creates t-shirts and shorts with decadent illustrations of old-world Monte Carlo, but also keeps simple pieces like cobalt blue polo shirts and breton style jersey tops key pieces.
The minute Idris Elba stepped out into the DJ booth in the centre of the catwalk space, I was sold. Tailor Oliver Spencer knows how to design menswear, it’s as simple as that. I loved his use of splashed bleach on jackets and trousers alike, perhaps adding a casual element to traditional tailoring. Pink makes an appearance again, perhaps the new trend to watch for next season.
Never was there a collection that resonated luxury; Jimmy Choo menswear pushes boundaries with embellishment, colour and prints. From loafers to sneakers, they have menswear accessories covered!
If any collection pioneered prints, it’s Hunter Gather. Over a press breakfast, mens and womenswear were on show focusing on simple but contemporary prints in monochrome and light green. From bomber jackets to light cord tailored blazers, this collection is wonderfully balanced and the shop space is the perfect canvas.