As the London Collections come to a close we have time to reflect on what was a fantastic week for British Fashion and in its fourth season London bids to be the capital of menswear. Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw is the latest menswear ambassador for London Collections. His enormous influence and his enthusiasm for British Fashion makes him the perfect candidate for the success of British Menswear week he joins Dermot O’Leary, David Gandy and Tinie Tempah as the celebrity arm of the menswear committee to help support the shows and events at London Collections: Men 2014.
The team at Christian Wiles Hairdressing Salon in Northampton have put together three of our favourite looks from London Collection: Men 2014 that we think will shape the high street this year.
Alexander McQueen chose the Welsh Chapel in Soho as the backdrop for the AW14 Men’s London Collection. The space was filled with the haunting sound of a BAUHAUS classic ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’. The models immerged from the shadows wearing black feathers tangled in matted hair dressed in a Monochromatic theme of Blacks, Grey’s and Whites supported by masculine tailored silhouettes, Tartan and Geometric prints. Our favourite piece of the collection was the Oliver Bernard portrait coat paying homage to the inspiration behind McQueen’s Collection.
Topman Collections has a new ICON John Cooper Clarke, the original Punk poet, who wrote a poem to compliment the high street brands AW 2014 collection. The mood was a distinctly British feel with a colour palette of Black, Grey, Khaki and Blood RED, Oversized tailoring with a hint of With Nail & I inspired ankle length coats, wet look gelled air, cropped PVC Jackets and with a rain storm on the catwalk finale accompanied by a ‘Echo and the Bunnymen’ soundtrack Topman certainly raised the bar in catwalk presentation.
The Institute of Contemporary Art was the venue for the Thomas Pink presentation. Super sharp tailoring, rich colours, oversized beards and long flowing hair all of which complimented this super slick AW 2014 collection. The show was centered on an installation by London artists Bompas & Parr, who created an ‘interactive showpiece’ which just so happened to be a contraption that dispensed gin… sounds appetizing!