London Fashion Week came to a close yesterday with Menswear Day designers showcasing varied looks from classic Savile Row tailoring to acid green PVC and gimp masks.
Carolyn Massey opened Menswear Day with a military inspired show featuring heavy long coats with rows of military buttons running across lapels, short trenches with structured shoulders and highly polished, stout army-style boots.
The looks were softened by long line knit jumpers layered over cropped leather trousers and a masculine take on last season’s underwear worn as outerwear trend with soft knitted long johns twinned with long cardigans.
The MAN show saw a collaboration between the Fashion East collective and Topman inject an element of shock with Jaiden rVa James sending models out wearing gimp masks teamed with buckled leather trousers, dresses and thigh-high boots.
London-based menswear label New Power Studio served up a sportswear inspired collection, teaming soft tracksuit style trousers with oversized jackets.
Royal College of Art student Katie Eary followed this with bold but commercial pieces including long trench coats with fantasy prints and tight plastic trousers in acid greens and oranges.
Tailors E. Tautz showed their autumn 10 collection in intimate salon-style show in the Hardy Amies building on Savile Row.
At the heart of E Tautz’s collection was elegant Savile Row cutting tapped into military themes, and referenced chunky knits and double-breasted suits and coats. With an early Yves Saint Laurent direction underpinning the collection, owner Patrick Grant had employed the services of new Scottish weavers to fashion a selection of new cloths which were applied to various styles including a kilt made from Harris tweed.