Coat - River Island
Jumper - Topman Lux
Hat - Topman
Shoes - c/o Underground
Backpack - c/o Rokit Vintage
I had worked late the night before so I headed to my fist show at 12, which was the James Long show, taking place at 180 Strand. His Autmun/Winter 16 collection was based around the fun things in our wardrobes - from tracksuits to sweatshirts. The collection served as a call to his local heroes - the people who inspire him and his work. Waterproof zip jackets were made from panels of metallic tech fabric and rubberised leopard and lace, completed with acid trims. Particular stand out pieces included the brightly coloured hand-knits, a category James Long is famous for, and the harness boots specially made for the collection by Christian Louboutin. Although not quite my personal style, it was a spectacular collection with some stunning pieces.
After the first show, I headed over to Victoria House to check out the designer showrooms - I had been invited by a few different designers and was keen to check out their latest collections. I began in the accessories showroom, where I fell in love with a shoe designer. Diego Vanassibara presented his Autumn/Winter 16 collection within an installation called the 'Hoist', created in collaboration with William Murray. The shoes are beyond amazing - words can't describe my love for them. Brogue were detailed with harnesses and studs in what can only be described as a collection designed for my personally haha. I intend to start saving now so that I can afford to buy myself a pair once Autumn Winter arrives! Other stand outs included some beautiful watches by Avant by South Lane Stockholm, inspired by Leather Jackets, and another excellent range of shoes by Finsk. I then headed over to the PR stands to check out what designers they were promoting this season. Although Ada + Nik aren't showing in London this season, their PR company, Lewis & Leigh, had a great selection of designers of show. My favorite had to be Ka Wa Kei, whose intricate textiles lent themselves beautifully to a collaboration with another of my favorite shoe brands, Underground. Touba London also had a great selection of brands, and I had some seriously love for the punk inspired collection (I can't remember the name of the designer, but check out the photos below!).
The ready-to-wear showroom was my next port of call, showcasing a few of my favorites. There were some fantastic pieces by Tropiano, L'Homme Rouge and Mai Gi Dah. I was pleasantly surprised with the offering from Boy London, given that I kinda considered this a brand past it's prime. There were some super amazing pieces by Bodybound, taking stitching details to another level, and I would wear almost every piece in the CSB collection. You might remember me talking about Rachel James when I went to her film screeneing last August, well she has elevated her menswear to the next level with her new collection, entitled 'Glitch', and inspired by exactly that. Standout pieces for me included the cropped wide leg trousers taken from Japanese Street Style, a chunky monochrome knit (you'll remember how great her knits are from the Spring/Summer collection), and a beautifully tailored black coat, all of which look great against the bright chartreuse green, that I am told is her favourite colour. Check out the rest of my photos below and stay tuned for Part 2!