London Collections Men SS14 – Days two and three were packed with more exhibits, presentations and runway shows. First up was to Hunter Gather. The HG shop felt good and the clothes chic casual. My favorite piece was a real funky T-shirt, in an eye-catching black and white print with a mint green collar. It would add a little color to an otherwise basic black and white ensemble.
Next was the Olebar Brown presentation, with a theme that takes us to Monaco. They offered a great line of casual wear in unique shades, Riviera Blue and Marshall Orange. Something for the yacht owner, gran prix driver, fan and pit crew. A merchandised line of pieces perfect for strolling Bd des Moulins or Av Atlantica for that matter. By the way for you intrepid executives, I recommend the Design Suite with Panoramic view at the Le Meridien Hotel in Monaco. Sweet curved rooms with “the” view. Now back to overcast London.
Then to the Hospital Club and spent time with Frank Phillips of ToBeFrank, Jae Wan Park, and ESK cashmere company.
In between all of that I stopped by Victoria House to see a couple of brands that I met at this same event in January 2013. The most exciting shoe designer Diego Vanassibara and a great accessories brand Marwood. Both of which we have big plans for!
We also stopped in on the Oliver Spencer runway show. Tailored as expected with his combinations of colors and fabrics. My favorite piece was a navy peacoat with brown collar trim. Very well done.
I ended Day Two at the Marylebone Cricket Club. The Savile Row Association put on a phenomenal event, The English Gentleman, showcasing what seemed to be 100 ensembles designed and produced by Savile Row shops. Difficult to pick just one, but one of my favorites was by Edward Sexton. It was a pistachio sports jacket worn with White Oxford Bags, and shoes by Manolo Blahnik. You can read more about the event in our post on The Savile Grand Match.
On Day Three we had time for one show before taking off for Florence. The James Long runway show was a splash of color. Wonderful separates with sublimated horizontal print patterns. Splashes of color for a season.