Despite sitting outside of the traditional calendar, London's Menswear Day has continued to grow in stature and importance over the last few seasons. Having now outgrown itself AW12 was the last in its present form. Wednesday's action packed day was a fitting culmination of an eventful evolution. Once again presentations, catwalk shows and installations all celebrated the exciting diversity of menswear design talent that uniquely exists and bubbles away in this capital of ours. As always it has been hugely exciting to see stalwarts of Savile Row sit so comfortably alongside high street regulars, established designers and enthralling new talent alike. The entire schedule helped cause a sartorial stir or two whilst collectively flying the flag of great British menswear and tiring me out in the process as I buzzed my way from talent to talent.
There were so many highlights that I'm quite overwhelmed. From the MAN trio of Astrid Andersen, Agi & Sam and Shaun Samson managing to serve something quite different whilst complementing one another to create a truly memorable show to falling head over Dr Martens heels for Lou Dalton's wartime love affair, William Richard Green's table football playing hooligan inspired functional tailored sportswear to Marwood's carefully crafted neck wear, the day had it all. So, where do I start? Given that my SD card is packed with moments to savour and my brain is close to overload, I think it best to serve up an assortment of snapshots from the day...
Snapshots from JW Anderson, Astrid Andersen, Baartmans&Siegel, Lou Dalton, Agi & Sam, Shaun Samson, Sebastian Tarek, William Richard Green, LF Markey, Marwood and Christopher O'Brien.
I hope my imagery above helps demonstrate the diversity of menswear talent that we are treated to in the capital during the last of these special days. The day itself might have flashed right by my excited eyes but these moments (in addition to many not shared above) confirmed just how far Menswear Day has come. I cannot wait to see the next stage in its development. If this has whet your appetite for more detail about the day, prepare for much more meatier posts in the coming weeks ahead.