Jacket - c/o Charlie Buckle
Hat - Topman
Top - H&M
Trousers - Asos
Shoes - Underground
So day one of London Fashion Week for me happened on Thursday, as I went to a couple of pre-fashion week parties, and also I have absolutely nothing to report from today as I had to work and couldn't go to the shows I had tickets for (sad face!). So anyway, I was very lucky to be given my first fashion week outfit (or at least the most important part) by awesome new brand Charlie Buckle. Charlie Buckle is the fashionista behind the brand that bears her name. Launched in 2014, she has already begun to cement her place in the fashion world with her range of luxurious outerwear and stylish hats. I was given a piece from Charlies's new menswear range - the Cardi-Jack. Made from 100% high-quality British wool, the Cardi-Jack is both super stylish and super warm. I love the really unusual shape, which reminds me of the work of some of my favourite designers like Junya Watanabe, and it has the added functional feature of coming with a detachable hood. The Jacket draws inspiration from the fashion of the 1940s and ‘50s, so I kept this in mind with my styling - giving a nod to the vintage vibe, but in a more modern me. I paired the jacket with a chunky roll neck jumper - it's official, Autumn is here. I wanted the look to be fairly directional, so I wore my Asos wide leg trousers. Vintage inspired accessories completed the look, in the form of my fedora and Underground creepers. There was, however, a dual purpose to wearing my Underground creepers, as my first Fashion Week port-of-call was the Underground Jungle Boots launch and pre-fashion week party.
Undergrounds latest offering, The Jungle boot, is based on the Monkey Boot - traditional working man’s utilitarian footwear that was adopted by a youth looking to make a counter culture statement. One of the original styles stocked by the original Underground store in Manchester, the style has been updated with oscillating sound wave sole design that creates an oversize cleat and tread that is distinctively Underground and provides a base for clean utilitarian upper designs. The boots are available in 6 different variations, my personal favorites being the black patent and all over white. I had a great time at the party, enjoyed some beers and great music, and loved chatting to two lovely girls who worked for the brand (who were also both called Sandy!). Although I probably should have gone straight home after the party, I took a slight detour via Carnaby Street to check out their Style Night in association with GQ.
Carnaby street had pulled out all the stops for the launch of fashion week. Fun things going on included vintage fairground games, pop-up food vendors, flowing booze, and my favorite thing of all, a trend talk with some menswear industry big-wigs. Richard Nicoll (now at Jack Wills), Matthew Murphy of Other Shop, Mark Maidment from Ben Sherman and Pat Salter from Pretty Green were all grilled by Robert Johnston about their take on Autumn/Winter 15 trends. I found it so interesting finding out first hand from some of the biggest names in highstreet menswear, the ways in which they have seen menswear evolve. Interestingly, considering it was a trend talk, most of the men said that they didn't believe in trends, at least not within menswear, as men tend to invest in more staple pieces - a uniform of sorts. I can't say I entirely agree, but I can see where they are coming from, as maybe mens trends move slower than womens. I'm kicking myself for not asking the panel a question, but I'll make sure to attend the Carnaby Style night again next season and ask a few questions then to make up for it. En-route home I bumped into the lovely Camilla from She Hearts The Highstreet, who was very excited to buy a bag from Skinny Dip take to the Pam Hogg Show - we need to meet up for a coffee soon missy! Stay tuned for the next few days of fashion week coming soon!