My London Fashion Week Men’s Style Diary
London Fashion Week Men's celebrated it’s fifth anniversary (that’s ten seasons in fashion speak) with the latest round for Spring/Summer 2018. The five-day menswear extravaganza featured international names alongside homegrown up-and-coming talent such as Charles Jeffrey’s Loverboy, as well as the return of heavy-hitters like Vivienne Westwood. Celebrity labels including Tinie Tempah’s What We Wear streetwear line and David Beckham’s Kent & Curwen were all present. Beckham’s label presented a strong show with a distinct preppy style with club jumpers, tailored trousers and elegantly proportioned overcoats making it one of the most wearable collections of LFWM. Attending in support, Victoria Beckham seemed as impressed as everyone else.
For my part, it was 5 days of running around London trying to squeeze in all my favourite shows, parties & events, and doing the necessary outfit changes - it’s harder than it looks, trust me! Being the man that I am, glasses was high on the agenda. Armed with a new wardrobe of spectacles and sunnies I had the perfect accessories for my Fashion Week looks. I wasn’t the only one who incorporated glasses into their outfits - David Gandy, Eric Rutherford and Oliver Cheshire were just a few of the stylish gents who accessorised with specs to elevate their look.
To celebrate the opening of the 5th annual London Fashion Week Men's and the launch of GQ editor Dylan Jones' new book, a party was held in the chic Mark’s Club in Mayfair. Tracey Emin, David Gandy, Dermot O’Leary and many more attended. Naturally, it was a suited affair but I choose a slightly less formal look with a bottled green suit, black embossed shirt worn open neck and plain black shoes. Completing my look, I wore Jeff Banks JB Tiles frames. These are a two tone, tan and brown rectangular frame which are gentle on the face and not too imposing, making them really versatile for everyday wear.
To kick things off on the first official day of shows, I went with a laid back look suitable for the balmy summer’s day that it was. To get me in the Friday mood, I opted for a cropped varsity inspired tan jacket adorned with bejewelled palm trees from Topman Design. Needless to say any garment you can describe as “bejewelled” tends to be a bit of a statement so I kept the rest of my outfit fairly muted with a white revere collar shirt and black jeans. Completing my look, I wore a pair of Gant tortoiseshell rounded frames which complemented the tan shades of my jacket. The subtle detail in these is excellent, I love that the nose bridge is in contrasting silver which keeps them looking contemporary yet old-school.
Saturday was a busy day for me and it was also a beautiful day in London town which called for sunglasses. Thankfully, my first show of the day was John Smedley which took place in an impressive outdoor catwalk erected on Jermyn Street. Stripes are everywhere this season (and from what I saw on the catwalks, they’re going to be even bigger next season) so I went for all stripes everything (...go big or go home, right?!). My light navy and off white vertical striped seersucker two piece suit is from my latest ‘Darren Kennedy X Louis Copeland’ collection. Seersucker is lightweight cotton fabric with a puckered surface so it’s ideal in warm weather and perfect for travelling as it doesn’t crease easily. Under this I kept it simple with a logo tee from Orlebar brown and a pair of nike suede high top kicks. Now this is a statement suit but I wanted to amp it up a bit with my accessories, so a red neck-scarf and the rounded Bude Sun RX half frame sunnies did just the trick.
Monday was about the blues for me...but that was the only thing blue about Monday let me tell you. I was working with MAC Cosmetics again this season, taking over their global Instagram account to bring their 15+ million followers behind-the-scenes and front row from the Vivienne Westwood show - one of the biggest and most anticipated shows of the season, and believe me when I say, Viv didn’t disappoint! I decided to keep my look fairly casual but popping colour from my specs to my socks. An electric blue Grenfell jacket was the foundation of the outfit, with a black speckled Soulland sweater underneath, a pair of light stone-grey chinos and black valentino trainers. My retro style Issey frames, with old-school 70's inspired half blue, half brown tortoiseshell frames with thick rims and a double bridge, really tied the look together to make the blues pop.
For my final look, I opted for a fresh, light, layered style. A seersucker striped shirt with a grandfather collar was my base layer. Worn over this I went with a light blue, woven checkered jacket by Savile Row tailor Richard James. This outfit is all about texture with the stripes and check print of the jacket playing with each other. I anchored the look with a pair of Tommy Hilfiger frames, which continued the texture play - the dark brown tortoiseshell frame contrasts with a half wooden, half metallic arm with transparent temple tips.
It’s been a whirlwind and a hectic five days but it’s been wonderful and I’m already looking forward to next season. But first, it’s off to Paris for Men’s Fashion Week there...I’m a glutton for punishment
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