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Monday, January 14, 2013

London Collections Men 2013: Day 1 - Monday, 7 Jan 2013

London Collections happened last week (Mon, 7 Jan - Wed, 9 Jan 2013) and it was a bumper packed three days of delicious fashion. To get a full scoop on all the designers and all their collections, please feel free to visit the home site via, London Collections. I went through the lists and have picked shows I enjoyed and ones that have specific items that I thought were worth the mention. Look out for three (3) posts, including this one, of my highlights andI will try to go more image than copy but in some instances expect more videos than anything. Hope you enjoy and hope we'll see more similar styles hitting our shores soon.

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Sleek and tailored, Lou Dalton's collection revealed a modern man who is more keen on specific details rather than a complete over haul of his style and wardrobe. The pieces, albeit not too out of the box, are fresh and made interesting by the pocket detailing and the slight yet defined cuts in the jackets and coats. This collection for me is definitely one the working man could get comfortable in and he wouldn't be losing any points with the fashion police.

This parka is just what I need this coming winter season. Tailored, protective and glamorous.

I like this 'hour-glass' cut and the detailing around the pockets make this a hot pick for me.

Check out the full show here...



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Topman Design put together a rather sexy man-in-uniform-with-no-colour-inhibitions collection. There's a fusing of a military commander who happens to look like a mountain climber with a staggering number of suits in his backpack instead of polyester-twirl overcoats. The beauty, for me, of this collection is it's ease to blend to two opposing trends into one new silhouette for man this AW 2013. My favourites are the embroidered overcoat in a type of ivory swatch and the bold colour combos. I'd definitely sport this collection in winter without blinking.

Booted up with a lapel and collar to match. This man means business...

This snowflake pattern is a winner for me!

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This look has a soft side that bleeds masculinity.

I want this look as is.

The dark knight has finally risen...

Check out the full show here...



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MAN is the joint initiative between Topman and Fashion East (the non-profit organisation established by Lulu Kennedy MBE and the Old Truman Brewery in 2000). MAN spearheaded London Fashion Week’s menswear schedule in 2005 and proudly champions emerging menswear talent. Designers are selected by a panel of buyers, stylists and journalists including Nicola Formichetti, Charlie Porter and Tim Blanks. Each season these young designers receive a bursary, catwalk show-production, PR support and expert advice to help them launch their labels.

MAN enjoys an unrivalled reputation for identifying and supporting the most exciting new menswear names in the industry. Alumni James Long, Christopher Shannon and JW Anderson continue to trail blaze with solo catwalk shows.

MAN designers for autumn/winter 2013

(Above copy taken directly from the London Collections website)

Watch here for the full show...



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Now that researchers have apparently found water in a Mars meteorite one should prepare for space travel. Getting the right kind of wardrobe for living on Mars could prove very tricky unless you've taken a look through Fashion East's latest menswear installation at London Collections. A platform that seeks to bring a group of bright individuals together to showcase their best creative opinion, this year's showing is nothing short of extra-terrestrial fabulous. With helmets, face masks and UFOs to boot, designers Bobby Abley + Joseph Turvey + Kit Neale + Maarten van der Horst + Meadham Kirchhoff + Nasir Mazhar have given men worldwide plenty of fresh and exciting options to rock on in space. We too can be like The Jetsons and live highly couture lives on another planet.

Watch full show here...


Well, that's about it for Monday! Tuesday's pick will be up tomorrow.
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