And before you know it, London Collections: Men has drawn to a close. Despite the excitement of the previous two days and nights, the crowd was in high spirits and eager to see what day three had to offer. Here are some of the highlights:
Designer Patrick Grant once again delivered a finely tailored collection as part of his AW14 range with well-proportioned pieces, like wide legged-trousers with graphic prints, layered lambswool suits in greys and browns, and beautifully constructed statement-making outerwear (pictured above).
With any Burberry show you're always guaranteed three things: spectacular clothes, signature trenches, and a celebrity-filled front row. This season was no exception, with Paloma Faith, Suki Waterhouse, David Gandy, and George Barnett (to name a few) watching models in chunky navy and emerald green knits draped with flowing, hand-painted silk scarves and carrying large man bags pass before them.
The designer was in a relaxed mood backstage before his show at the Old Sorting Office. Reflecting on his much anticipated collection, he commented that he was inspired by "mixing the young and the old" with his "favorite piece being the cotton Judo pants."
Spencer's showing, which featured musicians Alex James and Gary Kemp as models, was big on unstructured tailoring with some floral-print pieces (like the bomber pictured above) and a selection of wool outerwear in the mix, all of which marched down the runway to the beat of the in-house drummer.
Housed in the dimly lit basement of the Victoria House show space, the John Lobb's first LC:M presentation offered up a decadent display of quality British footwear. From rose gold double-monk buckles to radiant red color ways, the range was lighthearted but carefully crafted, or, as the brand's director of communications Benjamin Chatfield put it, "the latest collection reflects the vibrancy of the brand and everything that is masculine about men's footwear."
The Ivy Club, one of London's celebrity hot spots tucked away from the hustle and bustle of theatre land, served as the location for the presentation of Savile Row's Chester Barrie. Like something out of a 1950's casino, attendees were served classic cocktails and encouraged to gamble on blackjack and craps tables surrounded by sharply dressed gentleman modeling the latest collection. Key pieces included a velvet smoking jacket with a trace of cashmere, five-pocket Western-style trousers, and a subtle herringbone overshirt that hints at a new, more functional direction for the brand.
With over 50 brands showing in more than 20 different locations over the course of three packed, rain-soaked days, London Collections: Men successfully closed its Fall 2014 showcase. With notable highlights from Burberry, Richard James, Gieves Hawkes, and Lou Dalton there's much to review while we head to Florence for Pitti Uomo before moving on to the shows in Milan and Paris.
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