After months of preparations and excitement, fashion luminaries from around the globe flocked to the capital for the showcase that was London Collections: Men - a host of occasions ranging from fashion shows, presentations, dinners and parties. This inaugural event is sure to be remembered by most, especially with the visual feast that was served from the best in British menswear. Here are some, some being the operative word, of the Fashion Week(end) highlights.
The opening show of LC:M and most certainly one of the most memorable. Inspired by late '70s American cinema and the narrative of the underdog. The collection featured light summer trenches, over-sized baseball shirts, leather paneled shirts and tailored blazers.
Inspired by the sculpture Rape of Proserpina by Benini, the key materials in this collection were denim and neoprene. Blended together to make a collection that epitomized the brand's street-wear essence.
If Topman Design is anything to go by, summer 2013 is set to see the return of the skater/surfer. The collection featured bright illustrative colours with black prints, neon suits, oversized backpacks, skateboards, and neoprene wetsuit shorts. So rich in nostalgia, it would have came as no surprise if Zack Morris himself walked the show.
The must see show has got to be MAN. It exemplifies some of the sheer raw talent that British menswear has to offer. This season saw Agi & Sam present vibrant micro-print suits and floral fusion print attire, all modeled by mustached men. Astrid Anderson produced a luxe sportswear infusion, and Shaun Samson's key staples were cat face print shirts and stripes throughout.
From today onwards this show must be referred to as the everyman collection in that there was something for every gent no matter what taste or caste. From the colourful loafers and loose linen shirts to the tailored blazers.
If good things come to those who wait then Jonathan Saunders has that mantra down to a T. The presentation was the home of bright micro print and stripes, with the odd corrugated summer jumper thrown in for good measure. It was a stand out collection.
Well dressed bearded beatniks are the key words to describe Kashoura's collection. Light summer luxe in the form of graphic shirts, unstructured blazers and embossed knits.
Leave it to Margaret Howell to make an effortlessly cool yet traditional collection that features military inspired shirts, double denim, lightweight jackets and well crafted backpacks.
The crescendo, of what will be the first of many LC:M's, was Nicole Farhi who delivered a youthful yet dapper collection that echoed summers gone by. With some prominent pieces such as jersey crew necks, short sleeved romper jumpsuits and pyjama shirts