So, as we were all aware, from the 15th-17th June the first ever London Collections: Men took place in our fair capital, and what a weekend it was. The sheer coverage and hype over the event was incredible with the whose who of fashion world coming out to play in their finest.

I was so fortunate to be invited to some of the shows and I thought I would share some of my goings on.

I wont go into depth on collections as you have probably already made yourselves aware of what was shown ( I know this article is late going up, problem when you paid to write elsewhere is your own site takes the hit!).

First up for me was Oliver Spencer.

I am a massive fan of Oliver Spencer, and the collection didn’t disappoint. On the whole, even though lacking in stand out pieces, it is a collection of well-made, easy, ready-to-wear clothing that any man can work. Simple, chic, perfect.

I loved the bold flashes of blue that popped up in varying forms; though slightly disappointed that ‘mankles’ are remaining.

Short-shorts were abundant throughout the weekend, Oliver Spencer’s tailored offering were simple and smart.

 

Up next was YMC.

This was my first real hands-on experience with this brand and it definitely perked my interest. In a similar vein to Oliver Spencer, we are looking at, as a whole, a collection of easy-to-wear silhouettes, well cut to the modern man. YMC’s edit however, stands out with its bold choices of colour and print. Still carrying the sport-influence from the current seasons, jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts were rendered in bold leopard print.

Spencer Hart

The end of my day was probably one of the greatest times of my career so far, this was attending Spencer Hartin the Old Selfridges Hotel. Apart from the star-studded gathering, including a cameo from Sherlock Star Benedict Cumberbatch on the runway, the sheer buzz of being back stage with the models, then being giving prime location at the end of the runway just made the hairs on the back of neck stand to attention. This is what I work so hard for. This moment.

The show was a phenomenal success, the collections was suave, sophisticated and just damn right cool (including the amazing jazz and soul soundtrack). The suits blending precision tailoring with a modern silhouette without suffocating the models with overly slim fits as seen in preceding seasons.

Afterwards I was honoured to have a chance to meet Nick Hart, founder of the Spencer Hart, as he was being interviewed by us at Selfridges. He was a humble and gracious man who seemed to be in his element, amongst his life’s love.

Well, why dont you just take a look for yourselves… (more images in the gallery).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.