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London Fashion Week Men's: day one, buyer diary

On day one of LFWM,’s head of menswear Damien Paul shares his stand out autumn 18 collections from the London catwalks. 

Damien paul head of menswear,

Damien paul head of menswear,

Damien Paul, head of menswear,

How was the first day of London Fashion Week Men’s?

Quite an eclectic day, which is to be expected. Where else would you find the gender fluidity of Edward Crutchley, the laid back tailoring of Oliver Spencer and a presentation by Band of Outsiders on presented on a skating rink of ice.

Why do you attend LFWM?

It’s always an incubator of new talent and a great platform for creativity.

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Band men fw18 0065

Band of Outsiders, autumn 18

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Cotw men fw18 0023

Cottweiler autumn 18

What collections stood out today?

Cottweiler. It speaks volumes that everyone left central London to travel to The Natural History Museum, and there was a real old school buzz as we waited for the show to start. I’m really looking forward to seeing the collection in the showroom - the show was very fast paced and atmospheric.

Are there any other collections you’re looking forward to seeing?

Craig Green - it’s really lovely to see how he builds upon his unique point of view every season. The same applies to Wales Bonner who we have bought for spring 18. And I can’t wait to see Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, which always has brilliant showmanship.

What are some of the trends that started to emerge today?

To be honest it’s far too early to tell, though it was interesting to see that fleece featured at Liam Hodges, and I Iiked the oversized cardigan coat at Oliver Spencer.

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