Day two of the London
Menswear showcase was a day for established acts to prove their worth. Margaret
Howell opened the day with her signature line of casualwear, this time with a
sporty aesthetic which included berets and trackpants.
YMC followed, berets
also present, we’re not sure yet if this is a look that will catch on but who
knows? People embraced the Onesie so all bets are off.
We jumped into the
Twizy, fully charged and headed to our high point of the day; Jonathan
Saunders, whose line of printed shirts and sweaters in 1970s inspired shades of
mustard, orange and turquoise in wood grain patterns with a hint of psychedelia
continued to wow the crowds. Good model line up too.
Richard James wowed
for his location alone, held in the newly refurbished Café De Paris on Regent
Street, the gilded ceilings didn’t distract though from the amazing tailoring
on display, watched intently by a discerning front row which included David
Gandy, Tinie Tempah, Oliver Cheshire and the very hunky (though covered up in a
suit) Alex Pettyfer. We dragged our eyes away long enough to appreciate the
country gent suits, matchy matchy knits and hats.
Despite the traffic,
our Twizy navigated into the smallest of parking spaces and we dashed into the
Christopher Shannon show. We loved his collection, which featured puffa
jackets, shirts and jumpers in navy and brown hues. Our highlight was the face
printed jumpers. This season even featured a touch of womenswear too just to
keep us on our toes.
We found time to scoot
over to Mr Porter’s pop-up showroom off Oxford Street to celebrate their
collaborations with some of London’s hottest young designers; Matthew Miller,
Katy Eary, Richard Nicoll and Sibling have all collaborated with the website on
a capsule collection which is available now. Though our Twizy stole a little
bit of their limelight for a few minutes, with the models leaving their posts
momentarily to clamber aboard.
The day ended with
Sibling and James Long, two designers who have embraced a bit of knitwear.
Sibling went oversized in black and pink whereas James Long mixed copper and
bronze tones with black and featured flamingo prints on sweaters and a great
Kurt Geiger shoe collab.