The highlight of London Collections: Men’s final day was undoubtedly the Burberry Prorsum menswear presentation in Hyde Park. Designer Christopher Bailey’s autumn/winter 2014 collection featured both neutral solid tones with colorful patterns and prints on over-sized silk scarves, man bags and overcoats.
In a nod to the luxury label’s British heritage according to the Daily Mail, many of the pieces were emblazoned with iconic London imagery, such as the skyline and maps of city streets.
See favorite styles below, plus the full autumn/winter 2014 presentation at the end:
Part of the final day of London Collections: Men, Oliver Spencer’s autumn/winter 2014 collection featured the designer’s passion of combining modern and classic styles. Charcoal, navy and forest green are the main focus of colors used, along with hints of bright tones such as orange and yellow and the neutrals of tan and black.
The collection is said to have been influenced by “Purism, architecture and London’s ever-evolving subcultures”, and Mr. Spencer’s key pieces include the Shawl Collar Donegal Jacket, Lightweight Nylon Mac, Judo Pants and the Caramel Epsom Coat.
See the full collection below:
London Collections: Men just wrapped up day two of the bi-annual menswear presentations, and Hackett London won me over for their travel inspired autumn/winter 2014 collection. Dubbing the presentation, ‘The Hotel Hackett’, the styles were said to be a “roll call of characters that you might encounter in the lobby of a stylish hotel. These characters include the CEO, the explorer, the travel photographer, the hunter and the graduate.
A couple of the styles were worn by ‘real men’ to bring the concept of the show to life. Among the professional models in all sorts of knitwear, suits, overcoats, blazers and beautiful luggage and bags, British actors Jack Fox and Henry Lloyd Hughes (above) and former international rugby star Thom Evans (though to be fair, he does model in real life) were present, with Jeremy Hackett closing out the show.
See the full collection below:
Another strong presentation from day one at London Collections: Men, Hardy Amies’ autumn/winter 2014 collection shows British dapper menswear at its finest.
The heritage brand from Savile Row featured neutral on neutral tones with hints of red and blue that have us pay more attention to each coat, sweater, shirt and suit separates, with plaid and stripe in the mix.
One of the British menswear brands who kicked off the London Collections: Men today was Topman, who gave us some rainy realness (literally).
Chunky sweaters, topcoats, overcoats, mixed media peacoats and raincoats filled out its line up, and those raincoats were put to the test at the end when the models were drenched during the final walk. Watch the of the full show video at the end.
In this edition of Vee Travels’ In The Bag series, essential accessories for travel in London. Shot in one of the luxury personality suites of The Savoy, these accessories are based on a blue color scheme, that also mix winter accessories with unique tech designs. Just in time if you’re headed to London early next week for the spring/summer 2014 menswear collections at London Collections: Men.
Backpack – Tumi
The Tumi Lejeune Backpack Tote ($445) is very versatile, and the camo pattern option got me several compliments during my time in London last month. Wear as a backpack or use as a tote with the backpack hide-a-way straps and its military-inspired, cord top handles Offering four pockets on the outside (three zips and two open), inside you’ll find several pockets (a large zip, large open and small open pockets) with an orange color scheme.
While in London earlier this month, I had the pleasure to stay in and explore the iconic London luxury hotel, The Savoy. Located on the Strand in the southern area of Covent Garden, The Savoy continues to add on new features from its £200 million refurbishment a couple years ago.
Along with its historical credentials of being the home away from home to icons such as Coco Chanel, Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, to just name a few, The Savoy also boasts spectacular views of the River Thames.
Waking up to a glorious view is every traveler’s ideal, and the perfect view here can undoubtedly be found in the Royal Suite (entrance to main quarters above). One of the finest and most elegant accommodations in London and in the world, it’s spread across the entire fifth floor (at 3,498 sq. ft.) and has an Edwardian style interior that’ll make you feel like a royal. When you gaze out its large windows, you can see from Canary Wharf to the House of Parliament and everything in-between.
I got to explore the suite in one of my final days in London, for which I styled myself in an imported tan Italian wool duffle coat from Gap, and paired with a brown and orange ombre pattern wool blend sweater from Perry Ellis. Added on micro Houndstooth patterned pants from Kenneth Cole in cave that I paired with Ben Sherman’s tan Cranston Leather boots with contrasting red and black laces.
In this street style find for Out magazine, I stopped by the treasure trove of Camden Town, home to several alternative and fast-fashion shops, international dines, and an urban labyrinth of open-air markets. I spotted a local photographer named David who caught my eye with his perfect “messy hair” look, and a nicely fitted leather jacket.
Visiting London on a press trip this month, I took the opportunity to indulge in some shopping sightseeing. Exploring one of Covent Garden‘s best streets for men’s fashion and grooming, King Street (above) is filled with London brands such as Burberry Brit and Hackett London, and others you may not be too familar with such as Oliver Sweeney (luxury footwear, accessories and outerwear), Murdock London (a barbershop and grooming line, located in Hackett) and Jo Malone (fragrances and skincare).
International brands continue to set up shop here, and now include the first Opening Ceremony in Europe, 7 for All Mankind, Sandro (Parisian luxury), Lyle & Scott (Scottish knitwear) and Aesop (Melbourne grooming and skincare).
Styling myself for the fall to pre-winter weather, I went with a reversible varsity coat from Kenneth Cole that offers a wool side and a quilted one (see both below). For an extra pop of color to the look, I wore my Gap garment-dyed skinnies in forest green.
UGG‘s lightweight, black leather Westly style desert boots with blown-rubber outsoles, I was comfortable with all the exploring I did in Covent Garden and the rest of London, and I geared up with a camo Tumi Lejeune Backpack Tote to stow any goodies I found while wandering. Next shopping stop, Floral Street:
A street up from King, on Floral Street you’ll find a mix heritage and modern brands. On the west end of the street you’ll find the Paul Smith flagship, which is also Sir Paul Smith’s first one he opened and the first in fashion shop to open in Covent Garden. Also on the west, Ted Baker and Dune London (footwear and accessories). Heading east, you’ll find Spanish shoe brand Camper, British luxury accessory brand Mulberry, and Yohji Yamamoto and addias’ edgy Y-3, which just opened this year.
A handy map is available here for your next visit to Covent Garden, and more of my look below:
In this street style find for Out Magazine, while exploring King Street in London’s Covent Garden, a shopper’s playground of international luxury fashion and skincare brands such as Sandro, Aesop, Hackett and Europe’s first Opening Ceremony, I spotted Kareem, an Opening Ceremony intern and local blogger at The Lonely Londoners. He caught my eye in an electric blue and black sweater that he found at Beyond Retro, an excellent thrift shop with branches across the city. He pairs the look with a pair of suede Oxford boots, the fruit of a collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Timberland.