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London Collections: Men – day three highlights

Junior fashion editor Graeme Moran picks his best bits from the day three of LCM

The third and final day of London’s autumn 13 menswear shows saw some of the city’s big hitters take to the catwalk alongside some of its brightest rising stars.

The day kicked off with Christopher Raeburn, who took us to sea with a stormy coastal collection. This was Raeburn’s strongest and roundest collection to date, ticking all the boxes including strong knitwear, shirts and T-shirts alongside some of the strongest outerwear of the week; concise, masculine and totally wearable.

J. W. Anderson produced what many are calling “the Marmite show of the day”, opening his collection with effeminate frilled high-waisted knickerbocker short-shorts and front pocket boob tubes for men, challenging - as he often does - the line between men’s and womenswear (remember the lace from last season).

But within these looks were pieces that will get the buyers and shoppers interested, such as lovely intarsia knits and overcoats in pinstripe, cobalt and baby blue.

Matthew Miller went dark and moody with his trademark sharp as a razor suits and overcoats. Spring 13’s perforation details came through alongside new animal hide faux-alligator skin detailing, while the introduction of womenswear pieces signalled a new direction for the designer.

E Tautz pushed the fashion boundaries for autumn, going between rake thin skinny trousers and pleat front baggier options, topped off with a range of top notch jackets emblazoned with oversized tartans and winning knits.

The main highlight of the day saw the Drapers team invited into the showroom of Tom Ford for an intimate introduction to the latest menswear collection from the man himself. Impeccable suits, super-soft knits and lashings of fur provided the luxury high of the day.

Read our full London Collections: Men report out on January 19.

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