London Collections: Men – Day One(part 1)

TOPMAN’S TRAVELS

Photo: Reuters
For AW13 Topman Designs took us on an adventure; a sartorial expedition if you will, which began with cropped jackets and out sized parkas in putty and sand, paired with loose cargo pants tucked into hiking boots. We then romped through to boiled roll-neck knits in spicy orange and fuschia and belted intarsia cardigans accessorised with shrunken beanies, hip-flasks and leather i-pad holders – the definitive kit for an urban explorer. This classic look was modernised by way of spangly lurex knits and metallic accents on upscaled backpacks and boots.

Our adventure concluded with ultra-slick tailored trouser suits in rich claret and navy, which were no doubt a favourite amongst dapper front rowers Tiny Tempah, David Gandy and Ronnie Wood. Frankie Graddon, fashion assistant, Stella Magazine. Photos: Vladimir Potop

VIV GIVES US A PEAK

Ahead of her Harrod’s showcase tomorrow, Dame Vivienne Westwood has posted some sketches of her MAN collection on Twitter. Expect bomber jackets of yellow dogstooth and slouchy pants with fitted ankles, if these little drawings are anything to go by. Photo: @FollowWestwood

CAMPING OUT WITH BALLY

Over to Bedford Square for Bally, where we hoovered up bacon sarnies and sipped warming tea while huddling with Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic Cooper and Mark Foster in a, er, camper’s tent. Bally’s base camp set-up wasn’t completely random, though: it shod Tenzing Norgay in reindeer boots for his history-making climb with Sir Edmund Hillary to the peak of Everest in 1953. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of that link-up, those boots have been reissued, along with other snow boots in various skins (the apres-ski crowd have been begging Bally’s store in San Moritz for marmot – wish granted), weekend bags, and cosy hats and gloves for its slick Everest capsule collection. Which, given the Baltic temperatures this morning, wouldn’t have gone amiss on the frost-bitten crowd. Phong Luu, Commissioning style editor

A FIRST CLASS FROW

Perennial best dressers Tinie Tempeh and David Gandy kept Topman’s front row warm along with rocker Ronnie Wood. Photo: @BritishGQ

ALL HAIL THE NEW MANKLE?

Could the jazzy ankle sock replace the mankle trend seen out and about at June’s London Collections: Men? If this chap – snapped at 11am on Day 1 – is anything to go by, the (sock) forecast is set to be patterned and pulled up tight. We’re not sure what’s under his friend’s baggy-legged fluro pink get-up, though. Photo: stylebarron 

SAY HELLO TO YOUR NEW CHRISTMAS JUMPER

We may have only just boxed up the decorations and, for the faux fir fans among us, the tree for another year, but gentlemen, I have already located your Christmas jumper of 2013. Look no further than knitwear stalwart, John Smedley, who this morning served up a gorgeous winter wardrobe featuring festive knits in red, green and blue. For those wanting in on the ‘meggings’ (male leggings) trend, Smedley has catered for you too; but best of all was an entire rail dedicated to light grey cashmere sweaters, cardigans and scarves (and a pair of said meggings we’ll overlook). As knitwear staples go, this is surely not to be beaten. Nick Barron

VICKY P POPS UP

That’ll be Victoria Pendleton, indulging her passion for fashion at the Lou Dalton show. The gold medal-winning Olympic cyclist has previously moaned about her training schedule blighting her front row opportunities, so she’s making up for it now.Photo: Getty

ORLEBAR BROWN’S MIAMI VACATION

Orlebar Brown made promises of Miami sunshine on a gloomy Monday morning – an idea much welcomed by Team Telegraph . A solid showing of Orlebar Brown’s staples dominated; photo-printed swimming trunks, terry towling shirts and linen shirts, but there was little new. The label’s first foray into outerwear and ‘eveningwear’ was very much wearwearable and well constructed. Kitsch prints and paintbox brights added a fun factor to the otherwise slow and steady collection. If there was a wee lack of punch, Orlebar’s collection will be commercially viable, and will no doubt be successful.Sophie Warburton, stylist and co-ordinator

DAPPER LADS AT LOU DALTON

Photo: Mitchell Sams

BELSTAFF BEGINS THE FASHION RACE

Read the Daily Telegraph’s Deputy Fashion Editor’s review of Belstaff’s new motor racing-inspired collection.

GANDY GETS THE PARTY STARTED

To Harvey Nichols, where on Sunday night the retailer held a party in honour of Paula Gerbase and her new label 1205. GQ editor Dylan Jones was in attendance (far left), as was blogger Susie Bubble and our favourite bit of eye Gandy, Mr David Gandy himself (centre). Kindness provided the tunes, modelling the 1205 autumn/winter ’13 collection, while Gandy and Co. feasted on pheasant popcorn and cocktails of warm apple, ginger and vodka. Photos: Getty

BICESTER VILLAGE OPENS MENSWEAR BOUTIQUE

Bicester Village are saluting the growing importance of men’s fashion with the launch of the first British Designers Collective Menswear boutique, today. Stocking hot new talent to established Savile Row tailors, the shop will house designs by Jonathan Saunders, Margaret Howell and YMC, to name a few. “This is the perfect time to launch a dedicated retail platform for men’s fashion,” notes British Fashion Council chairman, Harold Tillman CBE, on the conjunction between Bicester and the BFC. Male fashionistas, get saving! Photos: Philip Hollis

ROMEO’S CAMEO?

A rumour has started that the new, 10-year-old face of Burberry, Romeo Beckham, will be at the brand’s in-store breakfast event on Tuesday, January 8. The heritage label declined to comment, but having been spotted watching West Ham versus Man United at the weekend, the diminutive Beckham is in the capital and who knows, may well be available for personal appearances… watch this space. Picture: Mario Testino

IT’S A NO-SHOW FOR SPENCER HART

Spencer Hart has unfortunately had to cancel their upcoming London Collections: Men show, which was scheduled to take place on today at 5.30pm. Production problems have meant that the Savile Row tailoring house doesn’t have a full collection of samples to present to the press, so the show, sadly, cannot go ahead. The suave label stole the show at last June’s London Collections with a catwalk show featuring a whisky-swigging, cigar-smoking Benedict Cumberbatch swathed in a cashmere dressing gown, much to the delight of ‘Cumberbitches’ worldwide.

SHOWING TONIGHT: PRETTY GREEN

Newcomer to the LC: M line up, Liam Gallagher, will showcase his brand’s latest offerings via a cinematic presentation at Mayfair’s The Arts Club tonight at 9.30pm. But how will the fashion pack – whom the former Oasis frontman deemed 90 per cent idiots – rate Liam’s self prophesised “party with attitude reflecting the brand’s fusion of music and fashion”? Tune into the blog to find out. Photo: Boo George

WE’VE GOT A CINEMA DATE WITH DAVID GANDY (SORT OF…)

Man model of the moment David Gandy will host a private screening of our favourite fashion farce Zoolander during London Collections: Men. We know what you’re thinking: err, why? Well, it’s all to do with the brand new partnership between Red Nose Day and the world of fashion, both of which Gandy is a staunch supporter.
Before the screening – which, before you get too excited, is by invitation only – he’ll host an intimate reception for press to highlight Red Nose Day and the fashion world’s collaborative plans.
We also think this piece of news gives us grounds to start the rumour that David Gandy will indeed be appearing in Zoolander 2 , which is scheduled for release next year. Go on David, give us your best Blue Steel. Photo: Leo Cackett/Courtesy of Men’s Health

 

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