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5 questions with...James Sherwood

22.02.12

As the last day of London Fashion Week celebrates menswear fashion with its very own dedicated Man Day, our final '5 Questions With...' is with one of the snappiest dressers we know, Mr James Sherwood. As editor-at-large of The Rake and author of Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke, he stands in great steed to talk us through his favourite Fashion Week moments.

James Sherwood

What's your favourite ever Fashion Week show?

Alexander McQueen's A/W 2001/2 Merry-Go-Round show was one of the most haunting, disturbing and sublime pieces of theatre I've ever witnessed. It was held in a disused car park at night and the mis-en-scene was a demonic fairground with a sound track including the voice of the Child Catcher. When I interviewed McQueen later, he said it was a reflection of the nightmare time when he was designing Givenchy's couture collection. I will never forget it.

Which trend will you be trialling at Fashion Week?

For men, I always keep a keen eye on the influence of Savile Row tailoring on young design talents and where labels like Rake and E Tautz want to take the silhouette. I fully expect to see the double-breasted, strong shouldered jacket and more fluid, Oxford bag trousers inspired by movies such as W.E. and the new Great Gatsby.

What 5 people would be on your fantasy front row?

Prince Harry, Cecil Beaton, Tommy Nutter, Ossie Clark and the Duke of Windsor.

Which show are you most excited to see?

One of my earliest London memories was ordering a bespoke Imperial yellow brocade waistcoat from Favourbrook in the Piccadilly Arcade for my 21st birthday. 19 years later, Favourbrook founder Ollie Spencer is headlining Men's Day at London Fashion Week and justifying very early promise. Of the newer labels, I hugely admire Corrie Nielsen, Peter Pilotto and Lou Dalton.

Tell us your favourite Fashion Week anecdote

A favourite moment in recent years was the Jasper Conran show held on a Sunday when all the great and the good of British Fashion brought their children and grandchildren to the show. It was amusing to see Nicholas Coleridge and Suzy Menkes with a gaggle of children at their feet like Captain and Maria von Trapp.

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