The 2014 London menswear autumn/winter fashion week unveiled over one hundred and thirty designers from Tom Ford, Christopher Kane for Burberry, J W Anderson, Hackett, Jonathan Saunders to high street wear Topman, just to name a few . The fashion week created ripples of excitement in the variety that the designers showcased through presentations, events, and showrooms. It was rather a smart, sophisticated, and edgy yet playful week for British fashion that lasted from 6th to 8th of January 2014 at some of the most creative and commercial hubs of London.
We have selected our top one designer collection from each of the three days.
1st Day – Thomas Pink
Thomas pink debuted at the fashion week and hit the audience with handsome men (all ages) in bold colours and brilliant tailoring. With the splash of colours (yellow, red, blue, pink), prints, accessories, three-piece Prince of Wales check and a double-breasted check suit, he unquestionably came out to be our first designer of the week. The collection projected an extremely chivalrous mood and he pulled off what we call ‘a perfect gentleman’ look in his designs. Impressive!
2nd Day – Alexander McQueen
Conducted at the London’s Welsh Chapel, McQueen’s collection came out dark and edgy, yet crispy and sharp. It was certainly Goth inspired and had a touch of modern contemporary. There was an outburst of tartan, fine tailoring, and details of waistbands and feathered headbands in his designs. It would be appropriate to say that his show took us to a world fairly away from reality and into something very mysterious.
3rd day – Paul Smith
Exhibited at Essie, the Piccadilly purveyor of high end Persian rugs, Mr. Smith weaved in ‘ethnicity’ into his designs with suits, jackets, shirts, and boots made from fabrics handmade on Yorkshire looms. The shadowy stripes, woven flowers and the tapestry fabrics, almost if not completely, seemed to camouflage with the interiors. Playful and Edgy!
In a nutshell, the 3 day extravaganza ended with an explosion of prints, cartoonish shapes, classic tweed, herringbone, checked jackets, autumnal colours, geometric patterns, knit wears, cashmere tracksuits, slim fit polo shirts, shawl collared evening wears, bomber jackets, well tailored trenches, sharp coats and tees with glitter linings.
From new emerging designers to renowned menswear brands and Saville Row tailors, there was plenty of fabulous under the British fashion wing this winter. It would be safe to say that this fashion week undeniably made a bright and colourful statement on a typical London grey day.
By Tania Sanyal, Sima Maalouf & Victoria Benitez