LFW menswear round-upThursday, 24 February 2011
In the Topman Design shownotes the Topman boy would not look out of place leaving a smoking Parisian jazz club during the early hours of the early 1950s. On the catwalk were silk paisley shirts, closely-cut, double-breasted suits in tweed and wool, lurex fisherman jumpers and fake fur. Great coats with oversized collars were strong, as was use of pattern.
Christopher Shannon showed a collection of peruvian-inspired, brightly coloured knits (pictured below). High-shine synthetic fabrics were used to interesting effect, with roccoco frills added to almost everything. Interesting, however, is not the same as wearable, said one editor.
At Savile Row tailoring house E Tautz, designer Patrick Grant favoured an intimate salon, showing 20 sharp outfits. "We like simple menswear," he said. "Where we try to be different is how we execute everything." Inspiration came from The Sweeney and 1970s sportswear, Grant explained to the audience that a trip to the Isle of Mull had flavoured the colour palette, which featured rich burgundy, gold, chocolate and navy.
Images: Christopher Shannon, Topman Design, E. Tautz