This week saw the crème de la crème of the world’s best dressed men flock to the capital for the return of the London Collections. Back for AW15, the four day event showcases a preview of the collections fresh from the showrooms of top and newly emerging designers. Jules B has the round up on the hottest styles set to be big next Autumn/Winter 15.
Paul Smith caught the crowds attention with use of a suit-clad team performers including Olympic medalist Max Whitlock performing gymnastic routines with the message “A SUIT TO TRAVEL IN” painted on the wall behind. The message was clear; a Paul Smith suit is damn comfy; the go to choice for busy men, allowing them to go about their day in optimum comfort and even carry out complex gymnastics if so desired. Shop the current collection from Paul Smith here.
Menswear staple here at Jules B, British knitwear brand John Smedley proved once again that understated, simple yet exquisite design goes a long way. Back for another season of expertly crafted knitwear, featuring their trademark stripes with the seasonal update of the addition of geometric placement motifs. The John Smedly collection reasserted knitwear as a staple in British fashion and is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Shop the current collection here.
This year saw Barbour’s first year as an exhibitor at the London Collections. From its rural British heritage roots to a wardrobe must-have, this brand has officially entered the high fashion stakes, with city and country gents alike wanting a slice of the authentic traditional British style. To browse this seasons collection by Barbour click here.
Beautiful tailoring was given an abstract edge at McQueen. With Sarah Burton presenting a collection filled with exceptionally crafted menswear suits giving a nod to tradition, with contrasting contemporary techniques such as digitally rendered floral motifs and photographic jacquard fabrics. Portraying both Modern and traditional philosophies, a design ethos which is integral to the brands core paved by the late Lee McQueen.
Tailoring is set to be huge next autumn. And at Burberry Prorsum Bailey gave British tailoring a bohemian edge with the addition of ethnic inspired prints, rich colours and shearling lined outwear.
London’s latest fashion export Craig Green was the name on everyone’s lips this year. The collection took a step back from simply seeing separate garments, instead fabrics were fused creating shapes and silhouettes. His AW15 show was his second solo show and he is tipped for big things in the future. Watch this space.