London Collections: Men SS14. London capital of menswear

If Paris is the capital of fashion and of love, some might say that London is the capital of stylish menswear. In a report commissioned by the British Fashion Council,  the V&A  reveals how everything started in 1528 “when Henry VIII granted a Royal Charter to the Clothworkers Company in 1528 it joined a group of prestigious merchant companies which represented London’s community of mercers, drapers, haberdashers and tailors“.

So, there were many expectations for this 3rd edition of LCM. And to be fair, I think that Paris should have a look at the results of LCM. Buyers were here; press too; and if every show was not surrounded by streetstyle photographers, you could feel a sense of VIPness in the air. And of course, Boris Johnson found a way to generate a massive buzz, posing surrounded by models. TOPSHOP should design a special collection for our Mayor, yes.

Talking about catwalks…well, it was good. Few details that changed the deal at the end.

I definitely loved Rag & Bone show: David Neville and Marcus Wainwright created an industrial and minimal collection, very ready-to-wear; the soles of shoes were pretty interesting, as if sneakers had finally inspired chic formal shoes, providing a twist of originality while models were walking. We can bet that it’s going to be a big hit. At least for me ha!

rag & bone london collections men ss14

The déjà-vu feeling did not really happen and it’s a good news. Burberry did some Burberry, but with a twist of New Tailoring: hipsters-pants, a sort of meeting between the Beatles and a skateboarder close to Borough Market. James Long dived into the urban-cycling trend and the result is just brilliant. McQueen catwalk was very clean, probably too clean, but it was ok: whatever happens, when you’re 100 yards from Central St Martins for your show, nothing bad can really happen. OK, I’m not nice, but it’s because I’m fed up with the notion of “dandys”.

James Long cycling

In terms of cool events: MRPORTER had a great idea; arranging a garden party during LCM. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

At the end, well, another good moment in London.

What shall we do better next time?

Well, try to meet more people in real life.

Try to appreciate again dandys

Try to wear a nicer outfit instead of my good old sweatshirt (I was between 2 rushes for work, my bad).


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