Here’s cheers to introducing another London Savile Row bespoke ready-to-wear rising star brand called Helen Anthony – Mister Anthony being the designer, and Helen after his grandmother who taught him the art of tailoring – and not forgetting that Mister Anthony’s main inspiration in the creation of all his collections is reported to be his mother – Mom!

But the curious thing for this SS18 collection was that the runway show was being held not in London but during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at the Real Intercontinental in San José, Costa Rica this month with apparently the illustrious Leonora Jimenez – supermodel – as an organizing director of the fashion week. In addition, this show was being sponsored by the British Embassy and stylist-du-jour Graham Cruz was present to cover for both the men’s and women’s wear collections.

Here at BDMOTP we may say that we have seen this London old gentlemen clubhouse hearty party style before recently with Alexander McQueen where British imperial motives were omnipresent, and to which now Helen Anthony likes to add a more traditional Scottish cloth square, or a pinstripe here and there, or perhaps a more refined Prince of Whales pattern which then mixes up vividly with Indian subcontinent colors of such pomp and of such lack of more traditional occidental shape that they would have not gone misplaced or unnoticed in the hidden salons of Imperial British Hong Kong – and not impeccable German Shanghai – , during the last opium war.

Which is quite a while ago.

For what else can a stiff upper lip gentleman in the late 19th century Far East do but to dress down in colors and shapes of craven braggadocio when you are the only stranger in town if your Scottish square or pinstripe does not remain straight up? You are a gentleman of the Orient after all

Posted by Sandro and photos from Helen Anthony.

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Private White VC is one of Best Dressed Man on the Planet’s go to British brands. Unfortunately, this season, they didn’t host an event of any kind in London to launch their SS17/18 collection, and BDMOTP was disappointed as they are usually first to set the tone for London Fashion Week Mens. However, we were able to get the scoop on what’s new and hot as well as who is wearing the brand around town this summer. Let’s start with the newness Private White VC is offering for this fall: a raincoat to weather all raincoats.

The famous unlined Mac

The famous unlined Mac

For those looking for the perfect fall or spring coat, the new SB Unlined Mac in the way to go. It’s apparently rain and windproof created by hand from 100% cotton Ventile Mac finished with their signature copper sealing tape.

However, we weren’t the first to get to Private White VC as much as we would have liked to. The brand is becomingly seemingly larger and growing on an international level and many celebs seem to have gotten there first. Here’s a few of our favorite Best Dressed Men sporting the brand:

The ever-dapper David Gandy.

The ever-dapper David Gandy.

David Gandy, a long time Private White VC fan (we used to spot him at the events each season) is still dedicated to the brand, wearing a Private White VC jacket in the perfect green color.

Woody Harrelson is sports the brand too.

Woody Harrelson is sports the brand too.

Private White VC clearly has an international appeal, as American actor Woody Harrelson was spotted by the Hollywood Reporter wearing Private White V.C. Navy Worksuit trousers.

Tennis start Andy Murrary is a fan as well.

Tennis start Andy Murrary is a fan as well.

Remember that little tennis event called Wimbledon? Andy Murray, tennis champ, was spotted there proudly wearing the Private White VC Suede Rainrider.

Dig through that closet to pull out your favorite Private White VC item to wear this fall, and if you can’ t find anything, perhaps it’s time for a new raincoat?

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Private White VC.

Wimbledon is one of the world’s most famous tennis championships. In fact, it’s the oldest tennis tournament in the world as well as being the most prestigious. Played on grassy outdoor courts at the All England Club in Wimbledon, it’s one of England’s most coveted yearly events. Many celebrities, athletes and of course, the Royal Family, are in attendance, looking fabulous and chic in their smart casual tennis tournament viewing wear. No pressure, though, on choosing an outfit. If you follow these tips, you should be just fine.

The players wear white and so can you

Take a little inspiration from the all-white uniforms and sports some white as well. Just make sure it’s crisp and summery. Usually here at BDMOTP we are all for the linen pants, but in this case, you’ll be seated for quite awhile and will want to avoid getting those trousers too wrinkled, so it may be best to avoid linen and choose another fabric instead.

Look sharp with a pair of white trousers.

Look sharp with a pair of white trousers.

You don’t have to wear a jacket, but hats are encouraged

Wimbledon has gotten a bit more casual over the years and typically you can go without a jacket in most areas. However, if you’re lucky enough to be in the Member’s Enclosure, a tailored jacket and tie are required. Hats will earn you extra points, because not only do they look cool, they’ll block out the sun too.

Jackets are not required as long as you still look dapper.

Jackets are not required as long as you still look dapper.

You can wear shorts

If the weather is warm enough, go ahead and wear a nice pair of tailored shorts. Just make sure they are tasteful.

You can wear shorts, just make sure they are tailored ones.

You can wear shorts, just make sure they are tailored ones.

DON’T wear these items

Ripped jeans, jogging pants, dirty gym shoes or anything you’d wear to the gym should not be worn to this rather debonair event. Extra points for wearing the Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, of course.

If you plan to wear sneakers, just make sure they are clean and new.

If you plan to wear sneakers, just make sure they are clean and new.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Darrel Hunter.

Songzio is another South Korean designer we’ve had the pleasure of seeing on the Seoul Fashion Week catwalks. This season, for his SS18 collection “Crossing Veils,” which walked the London Fashion Week Mens runway, he took inspiration from one single phrase: “Man, in his night, searches for his own light.”

This may lead you to think the collection would be dark, but not all of the looks were black, but instead, the collection walked the runway and show looks from black to white and everything in between. Some of the colors were inspired by a Diego Velazquez painting of the Infanta Margarita, who happened to be wearing a dress in colorful spring tones.

BDMOTP particuarly the springish looks — vertical wide-striped suits — an oversize take on a traditional seersucker fabric.  An interesting trend we haven’t seen much of for men at all is fringed pants. This has been popular for women in past seasons — especially spring seasons — however, we haven’t yet seen much of fringe for men, especially on trousers. Let it sink in and decide if you’re on board. Finally, icing on the springtime cake is the watercolor tee shirts peeking out underneath the blazers. Meant to be worn either on their own or underneath layers, these cool tee shirts can be paired with just about anything, and would be a great investment to get for those warm weather spring or summer days.

This season, Songzio also presented two footwear designs: a pair of derby shoes embellished with metal studs as well as some summery sandals.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Songzio.

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Barbour presented a small sneak peek of the SS18 collection at London Fashion Week Mens of just eight looks. The looks were part of various capsule collections like ‘Originals,’ a more rugged selection and ‘Sport,’ which is featured a more relaxed athleisure style. Since BDMOTP values quality over quantity, we didn’t mind the small size of the collection, because it definitely measured up in quality.

The brand also spoke too its roots at the SS18 presentation, showing viewers the beginning of the brand back in 1936 through to 1964 when actor Steve McQueen wore Barbour as a member of the US motorcycling team. In case you’re wondering about the details, McQueen wore the iconic A7 International jacket in the 1964 ISDT.

It’s clear that from 1936 until now, Barbour has created dapper yet edgy fashions for men, and this season was no different. Most of the looks featured rugged, yet tailored utility jackets that seemed to focus on both style, comfort and fit. The jackets were layered over vintage-style tees and paired with tailored sweatpants and trousers. Sleek gym shoes also accompanied each look. Men could easily select just one piece from the Barbour collection or also snap up a whole outfit and sport it proudly.

We’d also like to give kudos to Barbour for using a selection of more diverse models, which is often hard to come by during the many fashion weeks. It just goes to show that anyone anywhere can sport Barbour fashions and look great.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Barbour International.

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Coming at at very poignant time in London, Oliver Spencer created his SS18 collection ‘Love Town,’ inspired by the city of London itself. Tough, proud and full of love, the collection represents the aforementioned values. With all the events that have been recently happening in London, we feel this collection couldn’t have come at a better time. London is resilient, and so are these garments.

“Loving” colors like pinks and blues can be found in the collection as well as plenty of plaid. The outerwear is stylish yet function, with parkas transforming into backpacks as the day warms up.

BDMOTP particularly loved the attention to collars. With different suits and jackets featuring non-traditional preacher-style or colorblocked collars, the unexpected change really gave things a twist. The linen fabrics seem to be a signature for Oliver Spencer, and always seem to be in style. Outfits of plaid tops and shorts were layered under jackets and parkas, perfect for spring days. The clothes were combined with soft leather weekender bags and slip-on shoes for the ultimate casual yet classy vibe. As usual, Oliver Spencer’s model selection, using men of varying ages and races, sat very well with BDMOTP, as we always support the diversification of models.

Besides his regular collection, he also collaborated with artists David Austen to create a line of t-shirts. You can actually by the pieces right  now using the Vero app. The t-shirt say words like ‘LOVE  TOWN’,  ‘WOMEN  AND  MEN’  and  ‘FACE’ and can be purchased here.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Oliver Spencer.

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Nigel Cabourn typically creates several different collections in one each season. In order to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a designer, he created a very special SS18 collection for London Mens Fashion Week.

The first part was called  ‘Whatever Happened to Sean Flynn,’ focusing on the life of war photojournalist Sean Flynn. Both menswear and womenswear were part of the collection, and the key trends are camo (two tone, in faded blue) and hardware details. Cabourn explains that his garments are made to last a lifetime, after all, and chose to create his very own special fabrics for the collection. Although his collections may be inspired by military, the designer himself is a pacifist. This capsule collection is particularly special because Sean Flynn was attempting to get the truth about what was happening during the Vietnam War.

The next part is a small one called ‘Authentic Limited Edition 3’ and features mainly menswear. Seven out of nine pieces in the collection are menwear, plus one unisex and one style for women. These designs are more of a British mod style, with looks like patchwork.

The final part, ‘Lybro’ is an 18-piece collection intermixing funky 1960s pieces with military war-inspired garments. There’s also a few vintage-style pieces in this part of the collection.

Althought BDMOTP isn’t a fan of war, we do love Cabourn’s garments and find that they are quite functional and durable. It’s true — a Nigel Cabourn piece may just last you a lifetime.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Nigel Cabourn.

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BDMOTP has always been a longtime fan of D.GNAK since the very first time we saw the collection walk down the Seoul Fashion runway several years back. With models jamming to Will Smith’s “Men in Black,” we’ve always though the brand does basics the way they should be done. Chic, cool and with a touch of pizzazz, but never too much. In previous seasons, D.GNAK has graduated to showing at the European runways in Milan, and for SS18, they’ve made their debut at London Fashion Week Mens.

Kang Don Jun’s inspiration for this particular collection came down to a single word in Chinese: 因緣. It means “inevitable interaction.” He explains that this means the coming  together of two distinct powers, yin and yuan. In terms of his D. GNAK SS18 collection, this means two things fused to create greatness.

When greatness comes in the form of black, white and beige, BDMOTP is in. Using oversize garments, fabrics like leather and utility detailing like straps and belts, the looks go from basic to anything but. Just because the colors are simple don’t mean the designs are and the tailoring is on point even though many of the garments are meant to be baggy. Pants stop above the ankle and we even see a type of “skort” for men — shorts with an interesting fabric draped over them asymmetrically, like a skirt and shorts put together, effectively, a skort. Color addicts, don’t worry– there was an occasional pop of red and yellow too.

Words by Lori and photos from D.GNAK.

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JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN made quite an entrance at London Fashion Week Mens this season with an oversize, 80s-inspired collection of menswear. Designer Arashi Yanagawa, an ex-professional boxer, named his brand in honor of the legendary boxer JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN. Yanagawa hopes his brand embodies the same traits as the famous boxer like strength, personality and dignity.

Although the brand itself is definitely edgy, the SS18 collection certainly seemed to have those traits. Inspired by post punk and the cold wave scene, the JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN collection featured baggy pants paired with punk-esque tee shirts. Oversize blazers and vests were layered over the looks for both men and women. Although the line featured models of both sexes, most of the looks were decidedly androgynous. Leather, pinstripes and plaid were also spotted on the runway,as well as belts. The old-age favorites of the denim jacket (dig yours of the attic–they are back!) and the leather motorcycle jacket were both present in the collection, two trends that will never fully go out of style.

Pops of pink and red gave the collection a burst of color, and the black and beige simple color scheme was also heavily used within the line. This particular collection is definitely for a younger gentleman, one who wants to express his emotions and musical tastes through his outfits and personal style. In any case, red leather is always fun to wear, so partake in some for SS18!

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN

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The Harrys of London SS18 collection shown at London Fashion Week Mens had a variety of shoes for a variety of men. A casual gentlemen would love the line of Japanese-cherry blossom inspired pastel sneaker kicks, a relaxed and fun way to add color and pattern into a weekend look. There’s the more formal collection, which includes muted colors and styles of loafers and lace-ups, ideal for a working man who wants to add some style to a suit.

The real addition to the SS18 collection was the Made To Fly capsule collection. All of the shoes in this particular group are metal-free and slip on/off so you can easily get through airport security without having to stop and unlace your shoes. Plus, once you get to your seat on the plane, you can just slip them off to relax. There’s plenty of luggage in the collection too, and here at BDMOTP we love a colorful piece of luggage. We love the sort of Pan Am-color scheme, with baby blues, light green and white suitcases, toiletry bags and briefcases, with, of course, matching shoes.

With a huge rise in the global traveler concept, we always seem to be on the move and we need durable items like shoes and bags that can keep up with us by being practical and comfortable, yet we don’t want to sacrifice style. In fact, a gentleman should never have to sacrifice style for comfort, and thanks to Harrys of London, he won’t have to.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Harrys of London.

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