Author: Karen Grace

London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 – Topman Design

This season Topman Design concentrates on texture and keeps its colour palette black creating a dark sensual and cultural look of the young Robert Mapplethorpe and in keeping with his black and white Polaroid images. Coats are belted and in rich textured fabrics such as, soft boucle, hi-shine PVC, lurex and thick wool pile. The styles of the jackets have a relaxed tailored look with the asymmetric zip design and rich fabrics used, making them ideal to wear over suits as well as with casual jeans. (Right) Leather pants taper at the bottom and are rolled up slightly to...

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London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 – Oliver Spencer

Inspired by a young Lucian Freud, Oliver Spencer’s collection has an art-house and Beatnik feel as suits of textured rugged fabrics are teamed and layered with the more casual knits. Colour palette was strong with muted khakis, browns and greys given a blast of attitude with a dash of blue and a pop of orange/red. (Above) Shirt prints were the romantic paisley and the sharper navy pin dots. Knitwear is in a chunky basket weave. (Right) The young ’50s baseball jacket was given a more grown-up tailored makeover in wool, but kept the fun element with contrasting patterned sleeves....

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London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 – Prophetik for men by Jeff Garner

Last season (Spring/Summer 2012) ethical designer Jeff Garner took a break from London Fashion Week, but this season he’s back. Titled ‘Courtly Love’, Garner was inspired by Princess Grace and her noble gentleman who courted her.(image 11 & 12) Not sure why the first models had a Scottish theme but it’s always great to see a man in a kilt. (Top right) Here a red tartan kilt and sporran style bag was paired with waistcoat and red check shirt giving a rugged look. The next outfit was more dapper with a plain grey kilt teamed with a dark red jacket,...

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London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 – James Small at Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Titled ‘Dark Arctic’, James Small’s collection had plenty of furs ranging from the full fur jacket to just adorning the sleeves. Cargo pants mimicked the ski pant with their attached braces and slight padding, but in a softer and cosier jersey material. With their utilitarian deep side pockets and teamed with check shirts, this was definitely a working arctic expedition. For a more streamlined look, there was the alternative skinny jersey jogger looking smart casual worn with belted wool jackets and fur jackets. Jackets buttoned up at the side, some in a muted check pattern but all with patch...

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London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 – Patrick Grant for E Tautz

Designer Patrick Grant took his inspiration for this season from minimalist sculptor Richard Serra’s heavy graphite pieces,  military cloaks ranging from Japanese Jinbaori to the Household Cavalry and the battered hats and tweeds of the Everest mountaineer Mallory. Quite an eclectic mix. The coats style varied from the soft raglan-shouldered with wide sleeves and the dropped-shouldered boxy parka style to the more tailored and structured single-breasted crombie style. All are minimalistic in their detailing with hidden buttons. Colours range from the sombre black, navy and shades of grey with only a glimpse of red lining showing as the models...

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