Whilst the men’s catwalk shows set the pace for the fashion-packed weekend, the Designer Galleries played host to more than 30 installations with ready-to-wear and accessories designers.
If the Hospital Club’s ground floor collections from menswear brands Berthold, Baartman’s and Siegel, Sibling and Joseph Turvey bore any indication as to next year’s overall menswear trends, then be prepared to see pastels and bright colours, innovative fabric treatments and interesting use of trompe-l’oeil prints, and exotic skins. Christian Blanken, a UK-based designer from the Netherlands, balanced luxury with sport in his showing of wool and cotton gabardine suits and nude mesh jersey tanks. Or in the event that this man is particularly brave, expect to see him in a jacket embellished with hundreds of plastic paillettes from Sibling (see photo above).
But the accessories collective on the first floor was even more telling of how men’s bags, jewellery, footwear and sunglasses for the London man have evolved: houndstooth ties dip-dyed in a different colours, charm link necklaces and funky shades in tortoise. There was Jupe By Jackie, with all its handmade silk ties in an array of clever patterns. And Tomasz Donocik introduced its own wrap leather bracelets with spider and star charms.
Below, a few more of my own photos from the accessories collective: