London Collections: Men//Designer showrooms & Day 1 (part 1)

This is my first time attending LC:M so I was utterly excited this morning despite the heavy rainfall.

Today was quite a busy day for me, I went at the Opening Breakfast at Victoria House and took a look around the Showrooms before the shows begun.

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imageAjoto – Beautiful tools for everyday journeys

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Marwood 

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Alice Made this – Cufflinks

These great cufflinks are inspired by 18th century couturier dress buttons. This is Alice Walsh’s Collection 006. The technique she uses is investment casting and dates 5000 years back. With the use of technology and modern high technology waxes (instead of beeswax) the production of jewellery, gears and other complex machine components is possible. All the cufflinks are made in London. Prices start at £95 for smaller cufflinks and go up to £225 for the rose gold pieces. Check out her website for more info and designs.

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The Cambridge Satchel Company – These new designs will be sold from April. I especially like the first one and the last one as they offer the backpack alternative in a different way than classic designs.

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Fun decorative item that I just had to photograph

After that I attended the Astrid Andersen show. She is redefining menswear with her return to LC:M by mixing sensitivity and strength. Her palette is very interesting with black, grey, silver, beige and a touch of turquoise. Luxurious items and fitted shapes are combined with loose pants and bomber jackets and create an interesting antithesis.

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I really liked this jacket, the touch of blue fur and the zipsimageThis was one of my favourites

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imageI really liked the heavy fur coat

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Next on, the Xander Zhou show. I really liked their invitation so I was  looking forward to the show to see what he had prepared.

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Minimalistic shapes characterise this collection but the colour palette and details shown make some of the pieces very interesting.

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In particular, the coats and scarves caught my attention. The multi-coloured furry balls attached to the coats and the length and luxurious material of the scarves made them both extra special. Structured long coats in silver tones also made an appearance.imageimage image

Classic tailored pieces gave a variety to the collection, so did the high-top sweaters that hid half the face. Embroideries were also present and reminded me of family emblems.

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The Lee Roach show presented simple lines with some interesting asymmetries.

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The colour palette was centered around neutrals; khaki, beige and black. Details like straps around the waist and zips as well as certain pieces made out of leather gave the collection a greater variety.

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Lee Roach definitely designs for a man like himself and then selects models that resemble that aesthetic he wants to achieve.

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The piece of paper we are given at the show reveals some key words: function; the clothes are certainly functional, modern formality; there is something that makes them appropriate for an array of different events and utility; simple and basics with a twist.image

Lee Roach

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Photos taken by me

xo Fani

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