LC:M Autumn/Winter 14 – Day 3
The final day of London Collections: Men saw some truly great fashion houses showcasing their collections for the world to see. In a a slight shift from other days, there was no lack of colour, to be set against the backdrop of a gritty grey London AW14 may bring us a palate of colours with which we can really experiment with next year.
Kent & Curwen London Collections: Men AW14
Feeling very British across all the variations in style across its collection, The folks at Kent and Curwen showcased pieces which had a strong military inspiration with no shortage of epaulettes. However you can see the collection merging with a biker boy look which is evident with a few Marlon Brando-esque leather jackets with 50’s style lapels, shown alongside Steve Mcqueen-esque ribbed bikers with breast pockets. There was also a dash of preppy public schoolboy in the mix as the collection offered bold contrast V-neck jumpers, and club ties. Fabrics were a mixed bag, with modern wool and silk tweeds, no shortage of leather and cotton outerwear, and there was no lack of colour either with reds, yellows, blues and plums all featuring to add a flash of colour to gloomy London in January.
Oliver Spencer London Collections: Men AW14
Bridging between popular streetwear and traditional tailoring, British brand Oliver Spencer’s collection showcased a range rich in distinctively urban and street friendly clothing which is youthful and on trend with hints or tartan check, camo patterning. Slouchy sweaters and trousers worn alongside more traditional and quintessentially British overcoats and jackets were the order of the day. There is a balance between structure and fluidity to help the modern man be comfortable yet not necessarily dressed down. There is no lack of colour either with autumnal burnt oranges working well with blues and earth tones and even a yellow slim fitting overcoat which would brighten up even the most tedious of commutes.
Baartmans and Siegel London Collections: Men AW14
The AW14 collection from Baartmans and Siegel had a dark and subdued palate with a unique combination of formal outerwear and low key sportswear. The brand utilised fur on many of the jackets featured giving them an upmarket & luxurious feel, yet these were juxtaposed with track bottoms and kicks making for a well balanced and ultimately wearable collection. Fits were slim and fabric varied from cotton to wool and shiny synthetics, with subtle but standout flashes of blue amongst all that black and grey reminiscent of a London sky in winter time.