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London Collections: Men – day one highlights

Junior fashion editor Graeme Moran picks his best bits from day one of LC:M.

The second installment of London’s very own menswear fashion week kicked off on Monday, and what a day it was.

As always with London, the first autumn 13 collections on show were a balance between slick and smart suits from the likes of Mr Start and Hackett, through to fun and creativity from the likes of Meadham Kirchhoff and Fashion East’s up-and-comers.

An early commercial trend came through at Topman Design, setting off an explorer vibe for autumn 13 by pairing oversized, puffy parkas with tone-on-tone city suiting, mountaineering boots and rucksacks fit for an artic trek.

Orange popped out as a key colour, in punchy shots at Topman and Richard Nichol too. Shine and sheen continued from the spring 13 shows (see Burberry), with silver foils and jazzy metallic woven knits catching our eyes.

Agi and Sam’s take on eccentric country gent-dressing scored points for a creative show that was trademark printed fun, but it was pleasing to see the duo introduced an array of separates, basics and strong outerwear that is sure to make it a hit with buyers as well as the fashion pack.

Best venue of the day goes to Hackett who squeezed a crowd of show goers into the creepy crypt of the stunning Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

Party of the day goes to Tommy Hilfiger, which took over a three story townhouse in partnership with Esquire magazine, with model Daisy Lowe and Kills frontman Jamie Hince taking on DJ duties and Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Doctor Who (Matt Smith) sharing a drink on the sofas.

Across town the Prime Minister held a slightly more sedate reception at 10 Downing Street to officially launch LC:M proceedings, with the best canapes of the day.

Beyond the clothes there were other noted appearances. Celebs on the front row included Tinie Tempah, Ronnie Wood and David Gandy. Designers Patrick Grant of E. Tautz and William Richard Green of the eponymous label marched out as part of the Agi and Sam line up, while supermodel Eric O’Connor made an appearance at the Hackett finale, towering over the suited and booted male models.

And who could forget the catwalk dogs at Agi and Sam and at Joseph Turvey’s Fashion East installation. Nice puppies - who will make it three’s a trend today?

Tuesday includes shows from Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Shannon and Alexander McQueen’s London return.

London Collections: Men - Day 1 highlights

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