Images from the Hackett show.
With the rainy weather subsiding, all the talk in London focused on the best shows from the previous day. However, fashion waits for no man and the LC:M timeline does not tolerate tardiness, so we head quick-footed into the highlights from day two:
"Welcome to Hotel Hackett, would you like me to take your luggage, sir?" That's how bell boys greeted attendees at the Hackett show, housed in the elegant Freemason's Hall where the dramatic Art Deco interiors provided a stunning backdrop for the collection. Inspired by travel, key pieces included an Airfield jacket, a double-breasted check blazer, and a tailored trench coat, all in a variety of autumnal colors.
Launched in December 2012, Hunter Gather's presentation was pumped with a fistful of cool. With its punk color palette of reds and yellows splashed Pollock-like on pants and shirts, as well as a range of bomber, denim, and leather jackets and wool roll-neck sweaters worn over dyed jeans, it was no surprise when we found out the collection drew inspiration from the '80s street scene.
Known for her relaxed, lived-in pieces, Margaret Howell remains true to form with a showing of clean, simple, and extremely wearable garments. Attendees, including models David Gandy, Oliver Cheshire, and rapper Tinie Tempah in the front row, listened to a down-tempo soundtrack that complemented the muted blues and browns of the classic knitwear and pea coats that went down the catwalk.
Located in the BMW showroom off Park Lane, Mayfair, James' set his Teddy Boy-meets-gentleman looks to an easy rhythm-and-blues beat. We saw shawl-collar blazers, slim-cut suits, and tantalizingly tight trousers. The unexpected show closer? Two formal suits in red and blue glitter.
Image courtesy of The Guardian.
For its 25th anniversary presentation, Duchamp provided light entertainment at the Royal Academy of Arts. If models weren't playing chess or gambling at the poker table, they were partaking in a spot of sword fighting. Naturally, all of this was done in jackets made from rich Scottish wools, Italian velvet formalwear, and a Prince of Wales check suit with double-breasted waistcoat.
Designer Gianni Colarossi was keen to point out Duchamp's expansion as the brand plans to "evolve from accessories to full clothing" with a new flagship store.
Savile Row, Woolmark & St James'
Buckle up and button down was the order of the evening for the Savile Row collections, and they couldn't have picked a more phenomenal venue. Located in the old war bunkers in the heart of London, the Churchill War Rooms played host to a variety of sharp suits, overcoats, and loungewear. And with models wearing classic looks from Savile Row stalwarts such as Henry Poole, Ede & Ravenscroft, Huntsman, and Gieves & Hawkes (to name just a few) meandering through the bunker corridors to the wartime kitchen to the mess room and the old Prime Minister's office was like stepping back in time.
At the close of a second packed day it would only be prudent to indulge in a tipple or two, and with a variety of brands playing host the choice of how to pass the evening was a tough one (but one we were more than happy to make). Be it the Mens Health x Liberty x YMC after party in the basement of the Liberty store, or Ben Sherman's party in the decadent London hotel, or perhaps the Pretty Green event with live music courtesy of the brand's owner, the decision may have required some extra deliberation, but whatever the location you can be assured that the conversation will always be fashion-related, the company superbly dressed, and the drinks as strong as the shows that day.
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