London Collections: Men – Day 2

Craig of That Dapper Chap takes us around day two of London Collections: Men and details the shows and presentations that he attended.

 

Apologies that this post is a little later than I would have liked, but I’ve been so ridiculously busy lately! But hey, the collections are still relevant and I really wanted to share them with you. So, lets get to day 2 of LC:M.

Feeling well rested I boarded the tube from Hanwell and made my way, coffee in hand, to 180 Strand for my first show of the day. Excited by the day ahead I found my seat and readied myself for the Agi & Sam catwalk show

Agi & Sam

Agi & Sam initially focused on menswear and have given us some great collections over the last few seasons. While they also now offer womenswear, some of which we saw in the SS17 collection, I am a fan of the cuts and lines of the menswear on offer for the coming season

With a strong emphasis on entirely bespoke print and humour, they believe that fashion should never be taken too seriously.

 

Hardy Amies

Camera packed back in my bag, and with my bottle of water in my hand it was time for a pit stop before we made our way to Hardy Amies in Savile Row. This is one presentation that I was really looking forward to! Their iconic styles have really stood the test of time and a Hardy Amies suit is on my future wish list.

 

Not only did I love the collection but I also got to meet style icon Nick Wooster at the show and managed to get a snap with him. Mission accomplished!

 

 

 

Casely-Hayford

 

After a long break for lunch (I had no other shows until 5pm) it was on to Casely-Hayford. With relaxed masculine proportions and incredible fabrics, the Father & Son duo behind the brand gave us a great collection for SS17. There was a great selection of fine tailoring and some incredible patterns for the eye to enjoy.

 

 

 

Thomas Pink

What better way to round off a Saturday night but with a few gin and tonics courtesy of the guys at Thomas Pink. We always look forward to the Thomas Pink party, ahem…I mean presentation!

 

Thomas Pink always offers up a great concept, and this year was no different, with friends and models Richard Biedul and Max Hearne stripped of their trousers and proudly sitting of chairs. Clearly scared of heights these two chose to take seats on solid ground while their counterparts were parked skyward in knee-high socks, shirts and ties.

 

 

 

Richard Beidul looking splendid at Thomas Pink

 

 

 

 

Max Hearne, get that gin down your neck fella

So, that’s day two of London Collections: Men done. I only stayed three days this season, so there’s only one more post in this collection and I’ll be sure to get that up for you soon. Until then………….

London Collections: Men – Day 2

Craig of That Dapper Chap takes us around day two of London Collections: Men and shows us what Saturday had to offer

E.Tautz

 

After a good nights sleep in my Uncle Steves spare bed I woke fresh and ready for day 2 and made my way from leafy Hanwell directly to the E.Tautz catwalk show on the Strand.

 

This is one show that I was really looking forward to as Patrick Grant is one of my style idols and he didn’t disappoint.

I was disappointed however by the fact that I ended up standing right at the back and having to crane my neck to see even a smidge of the great stuff he put out.

For me the coats ruled the day as did the great range of fabrics that Patrick gave us including Donegal tweed, cashmere, Shetland wool and leather.

 

E.Tautz accessorised with some great scarves
Another great coat and more cool neckwear

 

Classic styling in great fabrics
I love the wide collar on this coat and the Christian Louboutin shoes
An incredible checked double breasted coat

Berthold

 

So disappointed by mor poor positioning at the E.Tautz show I left down hearted but determined to make sure that next time I would get a better view.

 

Next for me was Berthold so I trekked back to Swiss Church in Endell Street and was one of the first people there. Yes, front row! No jostling, no elbows in the ribs.

 

While slightly out of the That dapper Chap comfort zone, I did appreciate the shapes, cuts and styling that Berthold gave us.

 

Named ‘Drowning’ the presentation gave us sculptural qualities in supple rubber, coated cottons and other robust textiles, all designed to protect the wearer from the elements.

 

 

The new Berthold collection at LC:M
A twist on the traditional yellow fishermans coat
Heavy scarves and thick jersey sweaters protect the wearer

 

classic and wearable items from Berthold
A nod to the life jackets in this cropped coat
High necklines and ling coats in the ‘Drowning’ collection

Lou Dalton

 

I didn’t realise I was a fan of Lou Dalton’s work until I saw this show. Lou’s Father was a Teddy Boy and there are clear influences in this collection, particularly in the oversized check trousers and jackets.

 

Described as “thought provoking and considered” Lou’s contemporary classical tailoring has won her many awards and its easy to see why.

 

With a range in River Island and a Thunderbirds themed collection under her belt it seems Lou is becoming one of the best female designers in London.

 

The check fabrics was a highlight of Lou Dalton’s show
fashionable and functional style from Lou Dalton

 

Another great jacket that I’d personally like in my wardrobe
Maybe not That Dapper Chap style but there’s something about this I really like
It’s that check fabric again, this time teamed with a great camel coloured coat

Oliver Spencer

 

After a quick coffee and a bite to eat it was back to the Strand for Oliver Spencer. Another of my favorite designers Oliver is a self taught tailor and started his career from a small market stall in London’s Portobello Road.

 

Oliver Spencer gave us one of my favorite collection of relaxed and contemporary formal pieces. Great jackets and waistcoats teamed with unstructured trousers in stripes and checks.

 

Knitwear was also showcased with many of the models wearing staple items for the coming season.

 

A beautiful jacket and waistcoat worn in a contemporary styling
Modern sophistication from Oliver Spencer
I love everything about this look

 

Another awesome look from Oliver Spencer
This patterned coat over a plain grey suit made my day
Model Richard Biedul wearing some very cool knitwear

Matthew Miller

 

Matthew Miller was up next on the That Dapper Chap itinerary. remembering my positioning at the E.Tautz catwalk I did my best to get a spot with a better view and I’m pleased with the few shots that I got.

 

With the theme of ‘Nouveau Riche’ as it’s inspiration the AW16 collection from matthew Miller gave us lots of black in addition to a contrast of hand-painted oil on canvas with their ‘David & Goliath’ coat.

 

Shapes hailing from a forgotten historical era were given updated silhouettes and both biker and bomber jackets and graced the catwalk.

 

 

Unstructured shapes, belted for a clean silhouette

 

Matthew Miller monochrome
The biker jacket the Matthew Miller way
Hand painted oil on canvas

Thomas Pink

 

Finally, after a day of running around London, feet hurting and back aching I made my way to the Thomas Pink presentation. Always a riot of colour and pattern this show is one that I always look forward to seeing.

 

from bar to botanical to block colour, Thomas Pink is always treat for the eyes.

 

Taking inspiration from the enchantment and hideaways offered by the British countryside and coastline, industrial and architectural elements were hinted at and enjoyed by the crowd.

 

I always enjoy the Thomas Pink show, not only do I genuinely love the collection but the Williams Chase gin cocktails helped me enjoy it just that little bit more.

 

The new Thomas Pink Collection at LC:M
Suited & booted in grey check suit and pink bow tie
Rich burgundy and blues for AW16

Its all about colour for Thomas pink, it shouldn’t work but it really does!
Colour on colour on colour a feast for the eyes
I really love this blue shirt with its architectural pattern
Maybe not for TDC but this is one statement shirt not to be ignored

 

So, with a busy day two under my belt, tired, weary but inspired I made my way back to Hanwell where a warm welcome, a hot meal and a comfortable bed waited and boy did I need all three.

 

Thanks for taking time out to read the blog. You’re welcome back any time.

In the Pink at London Collections: Men

Thomas Pink creates a unique paper installation and showcases a Michael Caine inspired AW15 collection at London Collections: Men

The models prop up the paper bar at the Thomas Pink AW15 preview

As part of the showcasing of great brands and designers at this January’s London Collections: Men, Thomas Pink, the leading Jermyn St shirt maker, unveiled its London inspired Autumn/Winter 15 Collection at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). Included in this season’s model line-up was former Scottish international rugby union player and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Thom Evans.

Thom Evans, international Rugby player and wearer of Thomas Pink

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