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!
Then there was Orlebar Brown's tropical-botanical pieces that included super short shorts and Topman's line of oversized outerwear with leather details, chunky roll-neck knits and a whole lot of hoods.
And we can't not mention the Astrid Andersen collection, essentially because it was so freakin' cool. If you're a lady who loves the forever-androgynous trend then these pieces will make for a killer A/W wardrobe.
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.
Day two marked the masterful works of Alexander McQueen (think signature dark, sultry-romantic. Think tartan, tailoring, feather headbands) and James Long's leather bombers and blue hair.
Kit Neale's (seriously cute) fleet of fellas walked in crazy-cool, top to toe prints, beanies and backpacks. We'll definitely be dabbling in this style come A/W, because we'd make it look better than the boyfriends do.
Then there was king of outerwear, Christopher Raeburn, who showed a line of Arctic worthy pieces complete with fur-trim hoods, zip and drawstring detailing. All fully functional, baby.
There were quilted duffle coats, abominable snowman-esque styles with high collars and smart bomber jackets. The polar bear motif? Love it.
J.W Anderson's line revelled in tailored three-quarter-length trousers with peplum detailing, platform brogues, actual bucket bags and chunky bangles.
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.
Sibling did fabulous furs, belted knit cardis, purple leopard print, knee-high socks and knitted baseball caps. Oliver Spencer (the man all about timeless classic wears) showed tweeds, camo print, floral print and warm khaki colours.
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.