LC:M's feeling macho this season. Following neatly on from Lou Dalton's farmhands, Topman Design showed an ode to British masculinity. From the storm-appropriate jackets and roll-neck knits, to the military red overcoats and sturdy fisherman's boots, there was something for every Englishman in this collection. Adding to the patriotic theme, brilliant English performance poet John Cooper Clarke had penned an original piece to compliment the show, which was read as the first looks came out. The poem and the collection were a tribute to old-school, honest dressing - evident in everything from the 'return of the Pac-a-Mac' to the gaffer tape finishes, raw edges and heavy wools, suggestive of the kind of clothing worn by 'real men', not trussed-up dandies. Aptly, given Cooper Clarke's punk roots there was just enough twists in this collection to keep it striking and subversive. A highlight was the tight red t-shirt emblazoned with blurry wording, a print that looked like it had been inspired by the vision of a drunk man staring at streets signs after one-too-many down the pub. Sometimes the humble Jack-the-lad theme got a bit YMCA, especially in the fringed jackets and PVC, but actually it was in the comical plays on tough British maleness that this collection found its strength. After all, no one is a better symbol of London fashion than mighty Topman, the support system behind so many of our nation's rawest talents.
From the storm-appropriate jackets and roll-neck knits, to the military red overcoats and sturdy fisherman's boots, there was something for every Englishman in this collection.