Wednesday, 8 January 2014

London Collections: Men - A/W 2014.

This year I was lucky enough to get a press pass for London Collections: Men, which is the biggest event in the men's fashion calendar. Three days of menswear...and three days of good looking men wandering around near my work in sharp suits. Sadly I'm not special enough to go to the actual shows, so my special little LCM pin badge just allowed me into the venues to see the showcases and exhibitions, but that was good enough for me! 

I headed down after work, first stopping off at Victoria House to see the accessories, before running to The Hospital Club before the exhibitions closed at 7pm, and then powering over to Cafe Royal for cocktails, and then The London Edition Hotel for the Ben Sherman VIP Party (more on these two events tomorrow!)

Phew, it was a busy evening! For now I'll give you an insight into the venues. I started off having a peruse of the Cambridge Satchel Company's new men's collection, which features a lot of camo, both on the bags themselves and on the straps. I'm not a huge fan of the big green camo on the actual bags, but I do like it on the straps - understated yet on-trend!

Cambridge Satchel Company have also just released the 'Explorer' Collection, which is a collection of rucksack style satchels with round bottoms to provide maximum comfort for the wearer. The straps on the front also allow items such as a towel to be held in place and carried, without the need to put it inside the bag and take up vital space.

Next up I wanted to go and see Tomasz Donocik's jewellery, and on my way found some gorgeous accessories from Lagerfield, as well as a bright and funky Richard James exhibit!

Finally I found Tomasz Donocik's exhibit!

I first saw Tomasz' jewellery at a jewellery event, where I tried on a signature bracelet of his that costs £15,000. The thing I love about his jewellery is it's totally unisex, I'd quite happily wear some of his 'men's' pieces - I love the star bracelets!

After browsing the accessories and chatting to some of the designers' reps, I grabbed a glass of champers and downed it, before heading over to The Hospital Club.

The clothing in the Hospital Club I liked much less than the accessories in Victoria Place, I'm not a huge fan of 'alternative' men's fashion that's really out there. I much prefer style over fashion on men. But that's just my personal opinion. I did however manage to get to the House of Nines exhibit, who are one of my favourite men's fashion brands. They just get it right, it's a good mix of fashion and traditional style.

Also how cool is this t-shirt!? I have no clue who the designer is. I'm such a bad blogger.

Also I'd just like to say how much I am completely and utterly in love with my new camera! Totally worth splashing the cash on it. Just look at these photos compared to my old ones!

Stay tuned - tomorrow I'll be telling you all about the Men's Fashion Week parties I went to!

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