Author: Karen Grace

London Collections – Men: Mr Start X Mr Hare Spring/Summer 2014

Mr Start brings sartorial elegance to casual wear as tailoring elements are applied to summer staples. All teamed with Mr Hare’s footwear.   Included in the SS14 capsule collection is a relaxed summer suit in black double faced linen. Worn here with a cotton crew neck jumper in the vibrant accent shade of teal and Mr Hare’s sandals. Cool and colourful is the bright teal blue linen jacket worn with a pair of smart linen navy shorts and a pair of Mr Hare’s pink suede Arnos loafers. The bomber jacket takes a sartorial twist with starched double cuff shirt detailing and white cotton pique fabric. Teamed with tailored shorts with turnups and a pair of Mr Hare’s pearly grey pastel leather sneakers called Vachetta Vonneguts. A take on work-wear staples is the tailored shirt jacket in grey self stripe cotton. Mr Hare updates the classic tassel loafers with his thick soled navy tassel Bacon monk strap shoes. Shirts have mini button down collars. Here shown in classic navy denim wash with wave pattern. Worn with navy cotton shorts and Mr Hare’s deep midnight blue suede Thelonius monk strap shoes with white contrast piping and soles. Another bright accent colour used in the collection is vivid salmon in the mini button down shirt. Worn with a grey trimmed cotton jumper, pale blue striped shorts and Mr Hare’s mint green leather...

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London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014: David Koma

Inspired by Kyudo, the Japanese martial art of archery, the collection concentrated on structure and perfect balance with thick leather strips in both white and black providing the frame and weight for the sculptural shapes.   Skirt lengths ranged from short to just below the knee. Styles ranged from the stiff sharp A line to the figure hugging body con. All in fabrics of thick jersey or silk and trimmed with leather resulting in a warrior appearance. Stiff sheer organza covering bare shoulders brought a vulnerability to the armour. Sandals were designed by Alain Quilici especially for the collection....

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London Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2014 – Ashley Isham

  Inspired by the 1967 French film ‘Belle de Jour’ starring Catherine Deneuve, the collection started with daywear in light summer tweeds subtly threaded with sparkling lurex.   For that clandestine rendezvous, cloche hats covered the face with only lace peep holes for the eyes. The hats were created for the collection by House of Flora Floral embroidered panels adorned dresses, skirts and shorts. Transparent PVC as shawls and skirts encrusted with hand appliquéd lace brought an edginess to the collection. The main colour palette for the daywear was soft spring shades of light blue, pale yellow, white...

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London Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2014 – Omar Mansoor

  For his SS14 collection, Omar Mansoor was inspired by the Golden Age of the Opera and David Belasco’s theatrical adaptation of the short story of Madame Butterfly acted on stage in the 1900s   This season he chooses a colour palette of Royal blue and black. The bold Royal blue depicts the happy days when Madame Butterfly and the American naval officer were together and in love. The black represents the sadness she feels when her love leaves Japan and marries back home. In the past Mansoor has focused all his design talents on eveningwear, but for this...

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London Collections: Men – Spring/Summer 2014

MAN SHOW was created by Topman and Fashion East to help a selection of emerging fashion designers showcase their designs on the catwalk.   For SS14 the three new designers are Bobby Abley, Alan Taylor and Craig Green. Bobby Abley First on the runway were Bobby Abley’s fairytale model princes wearing leather cut outs of crowns. ( Abley’s own signature design of the Teddy Bear silhouette was incorporated on to tops…  … and hidden in between the regal Fleur de Lys.  Disney Snow White’s blue bird fluttered around as tattoos on the models faces, necks, arms and knees as...

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