Hardy Amies and Gieves and Hawkes -
It was a right Royal affair at legendary tailor Hardy Amies as Prince and Princess Michael of Kent sat at the famous house on Savile Row to view a sensible and genteel collection.
Both Hardy Amies and Gieves and Hawkes produced equally strong collections that featured slim single-breasted jackets, short slim trousers and the trusty and traditional double-breasted jacket, a suggestion that the houses can combine traditional style with the modern aesthetic.
Gieves and Hawkes most notable offering was a double, double breasted jacket which was layered using two jackets to create one ultra hefty ensemble. Positivity predictable, colour shades included dark plum, greys, black and navy. The tailor has a long history of outfitting the most notable, and fashionable, of gentleman and it seems that that legacy has extended into the coming season without dissapointment.
Hardy Amies, a stalwart favourite of the ultimate man about town, the house extended particular attention to style into the evening as dinner suits in midnight blue and black put the glamour back into Mayfair and a striking smoking jacket in plum velvet and black frogging proved that whilst smoking might not be politically correct, dressing like its 1910 definanatly is.
Supported by Topman and Fashion East, the MAN shows have produced some of the most varied and incredibly visionary designers in London.
Jaiden rVa James, a duo of imaginary height, produced a fiercly sexual, kinky S&M collection that featured gimp masks, leather trousers with buckle details, striking chaps, man skirts and dresses and the ultimate in male apparel; platform thigh boots. This might not be the future for male fashion for the coming season, but it is the future for a very tongue in cheek vision of what lies beneath sharp threats.
New Power Studio adopted the sportwear trend but with a chav twist as the 'ASBO Chic' collection featured tracksuit trousers with oversized donkey jackets. Like many of the designers on Menswear day, length and volume was a key influence in the NPS collection that will make icons such as Little Britain's Vicky Pollard her well deserved shining moment on both the street, and the high street alike.
The star of the MAN show was Katie Eary who used the vision of the urban warrior as her inspiration to produce as highly wearable and translatable collection. Trousers that used a plastic-like fabric gave a nod to the recyclable, and the 1990s staple, the parker was reinvented with oversized fur trimming. Again, back to the fun loving, party addicted trendsters of the 1990s in a city centre environment, acid toned colours in highly hallucinogenic patters took older members of the audience back to the good old days. Accessories included some very humorous, and highly coveted, velvet covered toy guns and cups.
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