by Lou Stoppard .

London Menswear Spring/Summer 2013: A patriotic display for day one.

London's first menswear shows kicked off with more of a whimper than a bang, thanks to a rather underwhelming first day schedule (save from a few highlights thanks to Lou Dalton, Martine Rose and a coming show from Spencer Hart). All in all the offerings so far have been a patriotic fusion of classic British tailoring and current cultural hurrahs. The Olympic-fever that's been simmering on the recent London runways has come into its stride. The athletic tone was set from the off by Dalton, who provided neon, aertex and trainers alongside her tailoring. Topman really ran (pardon the pun) with the sports day theme  - even if their shownotes dubbed this an exploration of eighties America - showing numbered jerseys with reworked Prince of Wales check, nodding to the Jubilee as well as the Olympics. Patriotic!

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