Alternative, skate and streetwear labels rolled out their collections at this trio of shows at London Olympia.
The new collection from Criminal Damage stood out as one of the strongest on show, continuing the heritage trend but with a streetwear twist. The outerwear range is great, with colourful quilted styles, duffle hybrids and padded gilets with shearling collars, while the selvedge denim and chino offers are also looking good.
Prices: £10 to £42
Contact: 020 7247 0089
With a new design team installed, the first fully expanded collection from RVCA stood out at The Ledge. Key items include a denim jacket with corduroy collar, a chunky padded jacket with removable sleeves and a multi-pocket, shearling-lined wool jacket for men. Womenswear also impresses, particularly the metallic knitwear and wool coats.
Prices: £10 to £60
Contact: 07920 195942
Vacant (menswear) and Pretty Vacant (womenswear) bring a dose of colour, with crisp blues for men and pinks for women. Peter Pan collars lend a girly feel, while a vintage nautical look comes through for men. A striped towelling shirt grabs the eye, while embroidered slogans and motifs update T-shirts and knits.
Prices: £12 to £22
Contact: 01273 670455
Los Angeles brand Fourstar presents a smartened up streetwear vibe for autumn 12, with a selection of short and long-sleeved shirts in different striped patterns. A varsity-style bomber jacket is a favourite, while on-trend camo prints and flecked and speckled finishes on jumpers and shirts also feature.
Prices: £10 to £50
Contact: 01923 779911
Among the many graphic and printed T-shirt options and brands on show, it was London’s Dephect that caught Drapers’ eye. The variation of designs is impressive, from intricate illustrations through to colourful patterns and tattoo and graffiti-inspired graphics, all printed on cotton T-shirts and hoodies in a broad spectrum of colours.
Prices: £10.80 to £25
Contact: 020 8429 1337
This Australian men’s and women’s surf label started out as a summer-focused brand, but its winter offer has gone from strength to strength, now including a great selection of outerwear. Heritage is the inspiration for men, with an embroidered shirt standing out, while a sleeker look comes through for women including a double-breasted overcoat.
Prices: £10.20 to £140
Contact: 07970 813894