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Insider at Fashion Week: Day 6

Thursday 06 October 2011
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Illustration by Philip Dennis

Hurray for Men’s Fashion and the relaxed attitude that they bring with them. First show of the day was the fabulous Topman. As a massive fan of the brand and in love with their Press team, it was no surprise that the show was a great success. With Paisley print, Neon and men’s clutch bags as the highlights, the other smarter pieces such as the matching suits and silk black trousers were all just as divine and made me jealous of the Menswear for next season.


After leaving the Opera house, I had a casual run down to the Old On/off venue to catch Oliver Spencer. As I have walked past this brand’s store several times, it was actually nice to witness the clothing on the catwalk. The collection was definitely not as flashy as Topman but was probably more wearable. With a simple color pallet of blues, navy’s, blacks, browns and greys, they really suited the Smart/Casual feel to the pieces and even the rucksacks complemented the outfits. There was a real sense of ‘down to earth’ about the show that is normally never felt as the models selected were just normal men from the streets of London but it gave a very authentic touch to the show and the collection.


Lastly and Thankfully I headed back over to Somerset House for KTZ’s Men’s and Women’s Show. I do feel sorry for KTZ as their collection is heavily made up of Women’s clothing but for some reason the show is always put on the last day of Menswear. I can’t image the BFC doing that to Paul Costelloe even though he has about the same amount of Menswear KTZ.


As the brand are always a little ‘out there’ the collection was a actually quite toned down compared to their previous one but there was still a threw outrageous pieces. I loved the Muslim inspiration that was mixed with bondage and tribal styles. Some of the women at one point weren’t wearing very much but you could still easily see that some of the pieces would be worn by the trendier folk in Dubai. With an oblivious influence of African culture, the models wore big beaded hop earrings and neck pieces that elongated their upper bodies. Over all it was a great collection and perfect to finish off the season at London Fashion Week.