Day one of the three day event kicked off with one of the rising stars of British fashion, Lou Dalton, who started the proceedings with a confident and strong collection of cool sportswear perfect for the urban street. And, we spotted a very dapper David Gandy sporting a Reiss PT suit on the front row - a great start to the day.
The third London Collections: Men - the bi-annual dedicated showcase for men - started yesterday, and we asked menswear blogger, The Style King, to report on the stylish event exclusively for us. Offering up the style and suits straight from the front row, here's the hottest highlights from day one.
Hardy Amies, the recently re-launched Savile Row tailor launched its collection at the top of the Gherkin complete with champagne cocktails and salmon canapés. A perfect setting for the modern London lifestyle, tailoring was at the heart of the collection with references from its rich archive; including 50s graphic design, Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’, single-breasted jackets with gingham shirts and evening jackets with subtle check pants.
The ‘Man’ collective of three young designers including Alan Taylor, Bobby Abley and Craig Green, showed why LCM is like no other men’s fashion weeks. The mix of contemporary young designers showed three very different collections full of creative and fresh ideas from London’s emerging talent.
Another new designer whose collections have been snapped up by London’s cool Dover Street Market is Lee Roach. This season he showed a minimalist, stark monochrome collection that will be popular amongst fans who love his visual style.
One of our particular favourites of the day was Agi and Sam, a duo who are renowned for their bright prints and colour, and next spring/summer is again full of colour and exuberance which brought a youthful energy to the catwalk and even featured a couple of owls in the audience.
Spencer Hart the London tailor launched a strong collection of summer tailoring which featured Clarke Peters from The Wire on the catwalk, David Gandy, Dermot O’Leary, Reggie Yates and Conor Maynard on the front row and the unveiling of his new project with Mercedes- Benz - the first time the car company has worked with so closely with a fashion house.
Finally, the Esquire and Jimmy Choo partyat Loulous in Mayfair was full of London’s most glamorous - with flowing champagne, Mark Ronson on the decks and models David Gandy and Oliver Cheshire showing London at its stylish best, it concluded a fantastic first day of London’s Collections.See the action as it happens by following @Reiss on twitter and @Reissfashion on Instagram, and stay tuned for another guest post by The Style King tomorrow.