The Autumn/Winter 2014 runway shows during London Collections: Men were smart, sophisticated and super-cool. The best of British menswear? Without a doubt.
From much coveted designers such as Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen and Christopher Bailey for Burberry to unstoppable talents like J.W Anderson and Agi & Sam (they scooped Emerging Talent Award at the British Fashion Awards), times are good for menswear. There was also a storming presence from the high street. Yes, Topman.Day one we were loving the likes of Jonathan Saunders. Those bright stripes, chevrons and polka dots! That warm-earthy-auburn vibe!
Andersen took her inspiration from Ryan Gosling flick Only God Forgives - the vibe was tough, sporty, edgy, but with a sleek-smooth palette of icy blue, grey and metallic. All about the orange and black combos too.
The print bomber style shirts (heavy on the shoulders) and matching trousers were a favourite. This designer always has both ladies and fellas on the mind.
On day three, awesome Agi & Sam proved fashionable fellas will be wearing check through this year's cold climes and p.s monochrome will still be a huge thing.
As for Christopher Bailey's collection for Burberry, the line was classic in every way. Scarves were silk print or oversized and blanket-like, button-down coats were lightweight, mohair and shearling.
Fishnet vests were teamed with black tailored trousers and oversized bags. Floral print was a big theme too. Burberry men are both traditional and contemporary gentlemen.
In short, London Collections: Men was a ruddy marvel and the looks really do translate from the catwalk in a way that everyday guys will be able to fashion. Do these trends (tartan, tweed, tracksuits, oversized outerwear, print, sports-cool...) apply for us ladies? Oh they do.