1. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Pringle at London Collections: Men

    Forming his final offering for Pringle, today's menswear collection by Alistair Carr served as reminder of the (almost 200 year-old) brand's weighty legacy and the problematic nature of making that travel convincingly through to a contemporary audience. Here that weight was worn lightly and executed deftly with the house's signature argyle seeping through in distorted intarsia knits and layered within solid Breton sweaters. Tailoring refined the offering with simple patches of blocked colour levelling the sensitive, reserved explorations of pattern elsewhere.

  2. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Christopher Shannon at London Collections: Men

    Christopher Shannon's witty and sensitive interpretations of streetwear and street culture have made him a cherished member of London menswear's vanguard. His Spring/Summer 2013 collection presented this afternoon at The Old Sorting Office in Holborn featured many elements strengthening Shannon's signature for a sort of subsidiary utilitarianism with rucksacks, sturdy serges and rag-strewn helmets aided and not abetted by frayed edges and an embellishment formed from swatches of multicolour Peruvian rug.


    1. paul.herron
      15:51 29 Jun 2012
      Some good action shots here Ben! When will you next be blogging for us?
  3. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Jonathan Saunders at London Collections: Men

    Providing the venue for Jonathan Saunders' inaugural standalone menswear presentation, the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms has the nearby theatre district to thank for its lean loftiness. The lovely Fred Butler informed us the building was one of the last remaining sites that nearby theatres' huge set-pieces were hand-painted in and both Butler's inimitable Technicolor and the building's lean elegance were seen in Saunder's slick collection. Forever inspired by the proportions, colours and geometry of the Bauhaus movement, Saunders continues to solidify his own aesthetic with this collection and its popping prints set against a technical and tactile choice of fabrics.

  4. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Summer by Agi & Sam at MAN

    Day Two of London Collections: Men is well underway, with Hywel Davies fervently reporting from across the capital on London's latest (catch his reports here). An early highlight has been the perennially impressive MAN show with threesome Shaun Samson, Astrid Anderson and Agi & Sam returning to form the line up. Arguably the highlight, Agi & Sam was a standout with soft and precise sportif tailoring in an impeccable palette. Colourwise, we are seeing a resurgence to the earnest tones of summer and the pairing's inspirations had equal tones of nostalgia, inspired as they were by memories of forcible viewings of classic late-70s crime shows in their grandparents' sitting room. The opposing elements of pastiched masculinity and chintzy floral furnishings were interpreted with a sure hand and gave an undoubtable warmth to the uncertain London weather outside.

  5. by Ben Knight Evans .

    100 Years of Fashion

    Aptly pitched in a Jubilant anniversarial year, last week saw the launch of 100 Years of Fashion, the latest book by Central Saint Martins tutor Cally Blackman. Following her previous work 100 Years of Menswear, the tome charts the evolution of womenswear through impeccably-sourced imagery and decisively incisive insights into the movements and expressions of fashion over the last century. Held on the roof terrace of St Martins’ recently inaugurated Kings Cross hub, the launch was attended by a fine selection of fashion’s leading thinkers and influencers including Caroline Evans and MA Professor Louise Wilson who enjoyed this view over the slowly regenerating Kings Cross.

  6. Recent comments

    1. jon.emmony
      10:58 23 Feb 2012
      That print at the front reminds me of our Perroquet project by Sølve Sundsbø...
    2. alex.fury
      16:00 23 Feb 2012
      Had your head in the archives for too long young Emmony.
  7. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Martine Rose Autumn/Winter 2012/13

    Ahead of the MAN show from which, with this first solo collection, she has effectively graduated, Martine Rose's presentation at Somerset House's Portico Rooms featured a stream of boys (and one camouflaged girl) each filing out with rainbow-bright hair wrapped around their faces. The collection, which featured reworkings of the bomber jacket cropped, elongated and turned inside out alongside more upright and streamlined shirting and tailoring was a strong and luxurious expression of subcultural reference done in truly modern fashion.

  8. by Ben Knight Evans .

    JW Anderson Men Autumn/Winter 2012/13

    An idiosyncratic mix of pineapple brooches, apron detailing, 'Le Coq' motifs, optical prints and a generous gloss of lacquer, the final day of London Fashion Week dedicated to menswear opened with JW Anderson's show at the old Central Saint Martins building in Holborn.

  9. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Ashish's paillettes of peace and love

    Inspired by the journey of spirituality pursued by Westerners travelling to India and back at home at festivals, Ashish's signature sequins this season explored both types of trip through rainbow flags and popping symbols from peace signs to tie-dye to smiley faces.

  10. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Meadham Kirchoff's disco défilé

    To a soundtrack that included a track we have waited our life to hear at a fashion show -Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas- and closing with Abba's Dancing Queen, Meadham Kirchoff showed a fiesta of a collection today which just so happens to be Mardi Gras. With models racing past at a similar speed to Autumn/Winter 2011's cultish parade, the show was a brilliant blur of tinsel, disco lights, saturated tartans and sequins.


    1. Nanank
      18:52 2 Sep 2013
      I'm going cuckoo for patless at the moment too. These photos are amazing. I'd never heard of Meedham Kirchoff until I saw a clip of them doing a Courtney Love inspired show at London Fashion Week. I can't get enough of those cutesy ice cream shades xx
  11. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Peter Jensen Autumn/Winter 2012/13

    A touching tribute to his close friend and collaborator Thelma Speirs, Peter Jensen's latest collection saw a troupe grey-bobbed models each emerge showcasing a graphic and appealing mix of shift dresses, A-line coats and shirt collars. Besides the hair, other Speirs facsimiles included headphones slung at ease around the neck and a modish mix of chic and wit.

  12. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Osman goes oriental

    Joining a band of Easterly-facing designers growing as collections month continues, Osman Yousefzada today presented a collection that developed his trademark examinations of sculptural volumes this time through leather and Chinoiserie brocades. A distinct sense of protection, even aggression was hinted at through hoods and capes but was tempered with a more tranquil sense of sensuality and ornament in a collection both refined and defined.

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