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The Best of British – London Collections: Men S/S 2014

Author: Daniel Dunt & Pol Valero

Section: SHOW

Date: 06.2013

 

Tom Odell / Another Love

 

London Collections: Men is a not-to-be-missed event on any menswear enthusiast’s sartorial calendar, and strives to highlight some of the best menswear talent (emerging and established) that London has to offer. Consequently, it is, without doubt, the place to be if you’re looking to soak up British fashion in all its glory – checked tweed and all.

The Spring/Summer 2014 shows last week saw everything from the quintessentially English Burberry trench coat and tailored three-piece suit to the slightly more avant-garde brands who dominated the runway with mesh, bold colours, floral prints and signature embroidery to make a fierce, edgy and almost aggressive statement; telling audiences from across the globe, “We’re crazy!” 

We’ve put together a short list of 5 collections which we feel sum up Britishness – ignoring any realisations such as the undeniable fact that, as hard as it may be to believe, Britain is also teeming with boozehounds and, no matter how much we try to convince ourselves, is not all about afternoon tea and a jolly good day at the races.

 

Burberry
Burberry is, without doubt, the ultimate British brand. Spring/Summer 2014, as expected; saw numerous variations of the iconic trench coat and an explosion of colour. Red, yellow, green, navy, pink, orange, olive and mustard are just some of the numerous colours that appear throughout the collection across bags, jackets, shirts, trousers and coats, and the each and every look is subtly targeted at the English male. Bold, statement colours were balanced with contrasting pastel tones and, unexpectedly, a handful of ensembles suggested almost causal dressing – something Burberry have pulled-off surprisingly well.

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Shaun Samson
Samson is one of those slightly edgier designers I was talking about. However, despite having numerous transparent and leather elements throughout his Spring/Summer 2014 collection, which consisted of an admirably subtle palette of black, white, grey and metallic, he does British menswear proud. His garments are impeccably tailored and his collection shows off everything London’s underground fashion scene is demanding – something unique, edgy and almost erotic.

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Agi & Sam
Agi & Sam are a fine, albeit still emerging, duo. Praised for their eccentric prints and superb tailoring, the duo did not disappoint with their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Eccentric, abstract prints were underpinned with suits in bold orange and several shades of blue, including bold aqua, navy and a soft pastel tone. Despite the duos undeniable kookiness, the collection was thankfully relatively practical and included garments for all types of weather – an aspect which is, without doubt, needed when dealing with the English consumer. Shorts and lightweight jackets sit comfortably next to the heavier suits and long coats, and there is truly something for everyone.

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Joseph Turvey
For Spring/Summer 2014, Joseph Turvey moved away from his previously coveted Dalmatian prints and moved towards bold colours and intriguing pastel floral prints. The reason this collection made it onto the list was predominately because Joseph draws all of his own illustrations in order to ensure the best possible result, and I think that many of London’s designers in particular share that passion – to put your all into what you’re doing and to create garments of sublime quality. His use of a seemingly feminine print in a menswear collection is also incredibly admirable. It’s obvious that Turvey’s target consumer is very specific, but I think the collection enhances the undeniable development of the London fashion scene and how it continues to embrace the evidently different.

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Lou Dalton
Lou Dalton’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection has everything you could possibly want… Print, block colour, impeccable tailoring, sportswear, casual wear and complete quirkiness can be seen throughout in jumpsuits, tailored shorts, jackets, trousers, long coats and both short and long-sleeve shirts. The palette consists of a simple and versatile black, white, grey, green and lilac, and every piece can be paired together seemingly effortlessly.

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This season has been an undeniable success for London Collections: Men and I’m failing to see how next season could possibly top it. However, we’ll let it try… Bring it on, Autumn/Winter 2014!

 

Text_ Daniel Dunt
Artwork_ Pol Valero
Music_ Tom Odell / Another Love

 

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