The inaugural London Collections: Men took place over the weekend with 48 catwalk shows and presentations and we were treated to all kinds of exciting menswear trends for Spring/Summer 2013.
British menswear designers showcased a mixture of transparent florals and detailed paisley prints accessorized with quilted handbags and coloured briefcases during the three-day London show.
We picked some of our favorite looks from the runways:
This collection is all about color.
Tangerine and electric blue two-piece linen suits, tailored shorts falling just above the knee, were particularly suave looking they had us longing for summer parties on rooftops.
Bit it wasn’t all bright colors though there were mellow candy flosses, greys, blues and whites that also made an appearance on the runway.
And color wasn’t just limited to the clothing. There were shimmering loafers in pink, violet and blue, ties and pocket squares in muted complementary tones as well.
We cannot lie it was the sharply cut cape in fuchsia and the duck egg-blue trench coat that caught our attention when going through images from E-Tautz runway show. Those two pieces had us sold but there was more…
The Collection also comprised of dapper double-breasted suits, paired with pleated shorts, striped ties in cream, blue and pink, travellers’ hats and, above all, a scorchingly-yellow plethora of shorts, formal trousers and shirts.
For the launch of Hardy Amies’ new, more accessible London diffusion line, mannequins stood on display at 14 Savile Row in a salon-like environment.
There were military style pieces in khaki, navy and charcoal which were a nod to the trench coat form or flirting with the idea of a parka - which we like a lot.
The double-breasted suits, something of a Hardy characteristic, were paired with the obligatory “HA”-initialled pocket square or a printed silk shawl sprucing up the neckline.
Our favorite of the collection is the Hardy Amies London dinner suit (R) with its sophisticated satin lapel a definite insignia of importance.
This collection was the perfect combination of sharp tailoring and a lively mix of prints and colors.
We liked the geometrical patterns - stripes, dots and tiny rectangles. Pinstripes added a sense of formality - wide apart and colour-blocked in black and white or olive and black, they appeared chameleonic in sharply-cut suits.
Sharp narrow trousers were the perfect complement to smart knitwear each perfectly crowned by iconic Bowie sunglasses.
Models wore grey linen suits rolled-up hi-lighting the collections slim-fit of the tailoring. Shapes were simple, with detailing coming in the form of rough wooden buttons, patchwork pockets and the perpetually turned up trousers.
A vibrant palette, color-blocked with panels of black and navy, navy and army green and intense blood-red with several hues of electric blue really impressed us.
With sharply tailored trim suits were cut sharp and printed with numbers and symbols around the sleeves and pockets, this collection was simple yet perfectly stylish.
The colours were limited to a greyscale palette but this did not hinder to the stylish simplicity of the collection. Miller modified the tailored suit for the more adventurous by creating a sleeveless waistcoat-like suit jacket.
We particularly liked the white shirts that were detailed with a cutout design, the pattern showing relief from the pieces underneath the shirt as though embossed like paper.
This collection was inspired by early the 1960s west coast surf culture and late 1980s casuals and featured relaxed silhouettes in silk rayon, coated linens and soft cottons.
Unstructured tailoring in earthy neutrals and pastels conveyed a sense of easy dressing wit the floral print adding to the beachy feel.
These are our top picks from the first London Collections: Men - which one was your favorite?
Do these looks have you excited for S/S13?
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