London Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 13 starts this September but not for the men. You now have your own fashion week Yay!!! Unfortunately I missed the first one in June but plan to attend the next one in January. However there should be some menswear amongst the women’s design and the first one to report is from Nico Didonna.

This Italian designer gave an early sneak peek of his collection at the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square when he took part in the Made in Puglia week events.

Nico took inspiration from the dedication, passion and inner beliefs of monks.

This was more noticeable in the brown floor skimming wide palazzo pants with a beaded belt hanging like a string of rosaries and coral hooded sweat – more of your urban street wise monk.

Others were less noticeable with tailored knee length shorts in blue and coral and coloured chinos.

Love how the placket on the white shirt worn with the blue shorts mimics the shape of a tie.

More unusual trouser designs were the swirl camouflage patterned pants ruched at the sides in mouth watering toffee shades and the baroque print trousers worn with a pearlised cream leather jacket.

Taking us to the Renaissance era was an elegant black suit with pantaloon style trousers fitting tightly on the lower leg.

A more subtle look came from another black suit with added splashes of orange from the button hole stitching and under the pocket flaps. Plus check out the bottom of the trousers and you’ll see an inside zip. This suit exudes the quiet confidence of style. The crisp white shirt is given flair with a dark pin stripe placket and cuffs with Nico staying away from the usual contrasting collar style.

There was a touch of the disco 80s with a metallic grey fitted boiler suit accessorised with an orange scarf.

We were pleasantly surprised to see GB canoeist Tom Brady modelling and for his first appearance dressed in a one off Union Jack biker style jacket, white tee and blue chinos. And yes that was also him in the orange chinos and brown leather jacket.
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