(photos courtesy of Lou Dalton)
Kicking off my London Collections: Men week was Lou Dalton. If Dalton felt the pressure of opening LC: Ms' tertiary season, it couldn’t have been any less apparent. There was a steady calm in the room, a feeling that could not be further away from those of London Fashion Week. As the first charmingly gawky-looking male model appeared clad in a cord camel two-piece suit of sorts, which could have easily been mistaken for a boiler suit, Dalton’s farmhands reference was conspicuous from the off.
Dalton may have looked backwards to her childhood once again for inspiration but the collection of cream roll necks sitting upon functional outerwear, married against white bleached denim jeans that fell short above the ankle onto heavy Grenson military boots, was a refreshing update on history. Muted hues were interrupted by bursts of pink acid wash doubled-up denim, injecting a feel of punk and riot into a somewhat subdued collection. Bleaching continued through to accessories; bleached-out cord caps finished off the few looks that had elements of tailoring but even these silhouettes were of the slouchy variety. Found under single-breasted micro-houndstooth jacket was a zipped up shirt tucked into joggers, with suede chevrons running up the sleeve and leg.
Curtain down and show notes aside, the collection’s strength was that it was one of obvious durability. The timeless pieces wouldn’t have looked out of place hanging in your wardrobe 5 years ago and neither will they in 5 years to come.
(photos courtesy of Ada + Nik)
Next on the day one agenda was the Ada + Nik AW14 show and party, which took place at the opulent ME Hotel in Aldwych. The collections title, "The Dark Wolf", couldn't have been anymore fitting; pieces were of a slick all-black aesthetic.
Sheer fabrics and barely there ensembles laid bare models who were alarmingly attractive. Nik + Ada are designers after my own heart, but for those a little disconcerted by the lack of colour, attention to luxurious fabrics and sharp cuts more than made up for it. The Ada + Nik man is just as irresistible off the catwalk as the models were on it this season.
And as for the party? This was a crowd you wanted to be part of during LC:M; every way you turned saw another impeccably dressed twenty-something with a glass of Snow Queen vodka in hand.
|Lilah Parsons, Carl Barat & Dermot O'Leary|
(photos courtesy of Mulberry)
|With Naomi & Ella at Mulberry|
We may have had to leave the cool crowd at Ada + Nik's but we were met with an equally enjoyable one at Mulberry's LC:M cocktail party in their flagship store on New Bond Street.
Gin and tonics in one hand and divine food from the Mark Hix 'Fish Dog' van (thinking chunky chips and churros), we mulled over the new Men's accessories to tunes provided by Ed Macfarlane from Friendly Fires and Jack Bevan from Foals.
|George Lamb, David Gandy & Zara Martin|
(photos courtesy of Esquire)
|With Serena at Esquire|
And the parties didn't end there either - dry January clearly does not exist in fashion. Next up we flocked to the lavish Rosewood Hotel where Esquire magazine were holding their LC:M party. The beautifully well-dressed men certainly weren't sparse in a room wall-to-wall full of models and influential males in fashion.
A lot of cocktails were drunk while much dancing and enthralling conversation was had; these men weren't just pretty faces. As the clock struck twelve and the party began to wind down to a close, as the more sensible LC:M goers headed home to hit the sack, Ella and I, plus some newly found friends, headed on to our next venture until the very early hours of LC:M day two!