mens fashion week seems to be everywhere and it's hard to see why this spectacle has taken so long to gather pace. in stark contrast to the column-inches dedicated to which geldof is frowing at which show it is something else to see the cover of the telegraph with an (albeit elderly) model on the front page, lifted from agi & sam's aw13 show.
james long is leading the way in favourites from the shows. easy, wearable separates with particular highlights in the form of quilted chocolate leather and a pelican knit sweater that has a feel of burberry, vintage perfection but oh-so-right-for-next-season all wrapped up in one. not bad for long's first show on his own.
i don't know what it is but there is a snob in me somewhere that always has me apprehensive when it comes to topman - which strangely isn't present when looking at topshop/topshop unique. however even the snobbier of consumers cannot deny there were numerous standout pieces from topman design's AW show. the strength in the collection is the reinvention of classics. parkas? cropped; white; slung over an equally white blazer. peacoat? boxy, raw-edged with an unapologetically oversized collar that will have even the palest of boys embracing this tone-on-tone look. the collection continued into a haze of flame-tones - burnt oranges, reds and yellows - all layered but never clashing. then when you think you have it all worked out, the show closes with three black-on-black-on-black looks.
to be continued....
namely, JW anderson's show. i don't even know where to start.