Name: Chris Petherbridge
Occupation: Sales Assistant at Topman
Interests: Playing guitar, going to gigs, blogging about music, running & cycling
Inspiration: Music. My fashion sense seems to follow that of my favourite bands
Last week saw the London Collections: Men take place; undoubtedly a highlight of the fashion calendar for any fashion fanatics. The three-day event played host to some of the industry’s finest designers and provided a stage for them to showcase their collections for Spring/Summer 2014.
One of the collections that I was most looking forward to seeing was the Topman Design show on day one. Not only is TMD now seen as a leader in menswear, their unique, cutting-edge pieces are also sold at an affordable price online and at their Oxford Circus flagship store, providing the opportunity for fashionistas who are on a budget to own some of these excellent catwalk designs. The TMD collections are also often an indication of what is to come from the Topman brand as a whole during that specific season. The TMD show certainly did not disappoint. The collection included silk shirts with intricate western patterns; worn with mirrored sunglasses, silver belts and brogues. The collection once again proved that TMD is at the forefront of men’s fashion and I, for one, can’t wait for these pieces to become available to buy.
Christopher Kane’s SS14 collection was also a favourite of many at the London Collections. Inspired by 3D mapping of human faces, his collection, using neon design on black t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and shorts, provided an eye-catching and unusual set of designs.
For fans of bold print, design duo Agi and Sam, fresh from launching their new collection for Topman, displayed suits with bright print as well as striking and vibrant orange blazers and overcoats. James Long also showcased an intriguing collection titled ‘Beyond the Velodrome’. With colourful and striped skin-tight base layers inspired by cycling jerseys, coupled with knitwear, leather jackets and blazers, Long certainly provided one of the most exciting collections whilst still sticking to his trademark design.
Perhaps my favourite collection overall was that of Burberry Prorsum. The retro-inspired collection of classic coats, jumpers and shirts provided a collection that, whilst having its roots in the past, certainly has a place in today’s fashion world. The pastel coloured coats and jumpers layered over vibrant teal, yellow and blue shirts and bold red ties gave a real vibrant and modern feel to these classic looks.
The fantastic collections displayed last week showed us once again that the future of men’s fashion is in very safe hands.
You can check out Chris’ full London Collections: Men inspired list here.