For part two I am going to go a bit time lord on you all and tell you about the next two shows I attended during the weekend, then finish with the mid-weekend party on The Selfridges Rooftop I got to attend, hosted by Tinie Tempah, as it was really the big finale for me.

So, for the rest of London Collections: Men I got to hit the following shows: James Long and J.W. Anderson.

Now both these designers are out of my comfort zone (personal style wise), we are talking true directional fashion, so I was nervous/excited to check out their latest offerings.

James Long’s SS12 was one of the most literally interpretations on a theme you could have imaged. The theme – Kung Fu Cowboy – couldn’t have been more apt, as that is literally what it was. Aptly showcased to the back drop of Alan Vega’s Kung-Fu Cowboy, the models paraded an array of eclectic styles. Structured garments where contrasted with free-flowing curves, the wildly ways of the Cowboy playing havoc on the discipline of the Kung Fu master. James Long had said before the show  “I never really do graphic lines”, yet the collection was fall of them. Detailled embroideries covered is signature knitwear. Boxy, oversized garments from the cut-off sleeve white shirts and bermuda shorts where the dominant silhouette.

 

 

My final show of the London Collection: Men was J.W. Anderson. This was such a fun show with a unique presentation format; the audience were seated in a square, with a central block stopping us from seeing the other side.  The collection it self was also…unique. A heavily feminine collection, clearly influenced by the designer Resort offering, it featured long knitted cardigans, lace, florals, taffeta and all the models wore matching head scarves. The highlight for me were the teddy bear prints.

 

My final, and probably the most unforgettable, event of the weekend was The Selfridges Rooftop Party, hosted by Tinie Tempah and Disturbing London.

It was one amazing evening, with the likes of Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, David Gandy, Rio Ferdinand and JLS, to name but a few, all turn up to party the night away with us. The cocktails flowed and the dance moves where showcased. The moment I found myself talking to Selfridges Buying Director and Marvin from JLS about his upcoming nuptials was a particular stand-back-and-take-stock moment. Outstanding. The fashion on show was top-notch with the man of the moment looking the perfect blend of street-dapper in a camouflage suit.

One of the most memorable parts of the evening has to be getting chance to steal two minutes of BFC chairman, Harold Tillman’s time. Such an incredibly inspiring man.

I’ll leave this blog entry with some pictures I took for work. Enjoy

Rio arrives for his photo call…

Jessie J and Ellie Goulding

The JLS boys being interviewed for Selfridges.com

More images can be found in the Gallery and here.

 

 

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