Looking the part in my three piece tux, this was my first red carpet experience. As I made my way up the steps to the main entrance I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I’d be while rubbing shoulders with stars of stage and film, all excited to see if they’d won one of the most prestigious awards in theatre.
On the red carpet on the approach to the Royal Albert Hall
Charlie Stemp at the awards wearing Chester Barrie
Matthew Bourne sporting a stunning Chester Barrie jacket
After being seated the ceremony began. It was widely anticipated that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would sweep the board and peoples predictions were correct, with the show winning numerous awards throughout the evening.
National treasures Julian Clary and Paul O Grady making their way to their seats
The view from my seat as other guests arrive ready fr the ceremony
A highlight of the evening for everyone was Amber Rileys rendition of ‘And I am Telling You’ from Dreamgirls. With an incredible voice she raised the roof and received a standing ovation.
Another great performance was provided by the cast of School of Rock and I even managed to photobomb them while on the red carpet, the image appearing in the Daily Mail. Made it!
Guests packed into the Royal Albert Hall ready for the 2017 Olivier Awards
Photobombing the bast of School of Rock on the red carpet
The evening was a huge success and it was an absolute honour for me to be a part of it. A huge thank you goes to Chester Barrie for inviting me along and making sure that I looked the part in my three piece evening suit.
Craig of That Dapper Chap gets fitted for a red carpet tuxedo by Chester Barrie of Savile Row
We chose a classic black tuxedo for my red carpet experience
When I was asked to attend the Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards my first thought was “what am I going to wear?” The ceremony is a very prestigious event, attended by the best actors and stars of stage and screen, all dressed immaculately in their finery. What’s a guy like me to do?
Enter Chester Barrie of Savile Row who offer a stunning selection of suiting and evening wear, exactly what I need for a red carpet event such as this. Panic over!
Just some of the eveningwear available from Chester Barrie at 19 Savile Row
Established on Savile Row in 1937 they’ve dressed everyone from Frank Sinatra to to Cary Grant and even Winston Churchill was a patron. More recently they have sponsored the Olivier Awards and dressed guests and presenters alike, so I was in very good hands.
The Chester Barrie tailor spots the need to make some slight adjustments to the suit trousers
Arriving in Savile Row I was ushered to the fitting area and met the team before browsing the range of evening wear. We decided upon the black peak lapel dinner suit in blended mohair which features turned back cuffs, side adjusters on the trousers and a double breasted shawl collar waistcoat. classically Chester Barrie and classically British for just £995.
A closer look at the suit jacket and my dress shirt, also from Chester Barrie
Chester Barrie can tailor any suit to fit you perfectly, and while my jacket and waistcoat fitted like a glove straight off the peg, the trousers did need a little adjustment, so after being pinned in place by one of their tailors I had to hand the suit back to be altered, ready for my appearance at the Olivier Awards on Sunday 9th April.
Making sure that the fit is perfect, the tailor inspects every aspect of the suit
You’ll get to see the finished suit in all it’s glory on my follow up post where ‘ll document the ceremony and show off my Chester Barrie tux. To say I’m excited is an understatement! So, watch this space!
Getting a feel for my classic black three piece evening suit
I’m so excited to be attending the Olivier Awards but feel suitably dressed thanks to Chester Barrie
Craig of That Dapper Chap takes us around the shows and presentation of his final day at this seasons London Fashion Week Men’s
So day three dawned. You can find my breakdown of day one HERE and day two HERE.
With tube strikes imminent, lines closed and lines delayed it was a nightmare getting into central London today. I appreciate that these things happen, but did they not know that we had shows to get to!
As a result we unfortunately missed the Berthold show and it was then a toss up between getting to the Marharishi catwalk show and legging it to Kent & Curwen at the OXO Tower, potentially missing it, or just making our way leisurely to to the OXO Tower and stopping for a coffee and a pastry for breakfast in readiness for the show.
Coffee, an apricot pastry and Kent & Curwen won hands down, I wasn’t going to miss it for the world!
KENT & CURWEN
Today was a great day! I am a HUGE fan of Kent & Curwen and was so excited to see their first presentation. Since being regenerated following a business deal with David Beckham, the brand have gone from strength to strength. I posted previously about the new venture with Mr Beckham and you can read that HERE.
With an exciting blend of heritage and traditional styles, and more contemporary styling, Kent & Curwen are hitting the mark spot on with what the modern man wants. Style, comfort and those little touches that lift a look from ordinary to exciting.
Outerwear won the day with a supreme range of great military style heavy winter coats in rich wool and herringbone. Blazers were tailored and striped, in a heritage college style, complete with embroidered badges and accompanying striped scarves.
The event was made even better by the fact that I got to meet Mr Beckham himself which was a real highlight of my weekend.
XIMONLEE & GQ CHINA
Next on our list was the XIMONLEE catwalk, so back to 180 The Strand we went. Award winning Korean designer Ximon Lee continues to make a mark for himself in the fashion industry, and again collaborated with GQ China to bring us another very original showcase of visual mastery.
Heavy velvet coats and elaborate pieces graced the catwalk alongside wide legged trousers and embellished sheer shirts and leather accessories. With the global success of his collaboration with high street giant H&M under his belt there seems to be no stopping Ximon Lee’s rise within the industry.
Another event that never fails to deliver is the Chester Barrie presentation. This season it was held at Smith & Wollensky in Covent Garden. As always the food and cocktails were most welcome and very appreciated.
Chester Barrie’s AW17 collection is again very elegant and sophisticated, and directly aimed at the more gentlemanly among us.
As we’ve come to expect from Chester Barrie, we saw a really nice selection of occasion wear, tuxedos and smoking jackets in chocolate and navy velvet.
Pattern and texture was very prevalent with tweeds and wool in beautiful checks and tartans, my favourite piece being a rust red double breasted checked suit.
Stars of stage and TV arrived to enjoy the show and I got to catch up with Mr Dermot O’Leary; X-Factor host and Radio 2 DJ, who told me of a few exciting projects he has coming up.
Also at the event were a number of well respected bloggers, attending to document the show and enjoy what’s become another real highlight of London Fashion Week Men’s.
Bloggers unite! Menswear bloggers at the Chester Barrie event from all over the UK
Catching up with Mr Dermot O’ Leary
My favourite piece from the Chester Barrie collection
Our final stop for this season was the John Lobb event in Hollybush Gardens in Warner Yard.
With bespoke shoe making established in Paris, John Lobb manufactures a ready to wear collection right here in the UK. With shoes in full grain leathers and suede there’s also the opportunity to go a little more exotic with crocodile and lizard skins, should the fancy take you.
And that was us finished! I hope you enjoyed this series, I certainly enjoyed the events and I thank The British Fashion Council and all at London Fashion Week Men’s for once again creating a fascinating and unique event. Roll on June!