Reviving vintage-style swim shorts that are both stylish and practical, Orlebar Brown’s designs are tailored to fit and constructed in quick-dry fabric. Choose from styles in block colours, geometric designs and, for SS14, an exclusive selection of retro prints straight from the Getty archives.
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London Collections: Men
Returning for its fifth season, London Collections: Men didn’t disappoint the hordes of fashion fans that descended on the style capital to see what’s in store for SS15. Highlights included Christopher Bailey’s travel-inspired collection for Burberry, the four-legged models at Orlebar Brown and Richard James’ Savile Row take on military tailoring. Get a front row view with Style Insider’s catwalk reports and find out which labels we’re stocking up on for SS14 while we still can.
“Fashion is about the present, so the collections that I am working on at the moment are the ones that excite me the most.” Designer, Christopher Bailey
Bold, bright and unapologetically British, the Burberry Prorsum SS14 collection was refined in its silhouettes but bursting with colour and quirk when it came down to the details. Primary colours elbowed their way into each look; from radiant red raincoats to grass green moccasins, while punchy patterns such as polka dots, stripes and even gingham appeared on shirts, snoods and snug knitwear. The mood was fun and fresh, and the pieces perfect for creating classic summer looks with that all-important injection of British wit
The eerie, derelict railway arches of King’s Cross served as a sombre backdrop to Alexander McQueen’s SS14 collection. Referencing ceremonial rites of passage with a monochromatic collection of Victorian-inspired suiting juxtaposed with fluid layering, Sarah Burton brought a mysterious dream sequence to life, with intricate scalloped lace, delicate crochet and stained-glass jacquard designed to camouflage McQueen’s signature skull motifs. Taking themes from the runway to create ready-to-wear pieces that reflect the brand’s subversive take on the season, the offering includes embroidered sweatshirts and intriguing printed shirts alongside sharp suit jackets in traditional silhouettes.
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Established on Portobello Road in 1979, Hackett has London in its DNA and can be relied upon to showcase an indisputably British approach to men’s style at London Collections: Men. For SS14, it was all about gentlemen’s blazers, slim leg chinos and loafers with coloured socks on display. The finale saw models don top hats while carrying cricket bats down the catwalk; what could be more British than that?
Richard James is part of the ‘New Establishment’ of tailors on the Savile Row scene. Since setting up shop in 1992, the company has quickly established itself as a go-to for clean lines and slim silhouettes with a splash of colour thrown in. ‘Sundown’ is the name given to the SS14 collection; poolside blues transition into night-time navies on jackets and shirts while rich colours ombré on polo shirts.
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British brand, John Lobb, makes luxury men’s shoes its signature. Created by a close team of specialist craftsmen, each pair of John Lobb shoes – from derby to loafer, moccasin to sandal - is a work of art and unique to its owner. Luxurious leather and soft suede form the foundation of each design, and with a whole host of styles to choose from in an array of classic and summer-ready shades, there is something to suit every fine-weather event.
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Paul Smith is the pinnacle of British style, designing celebrated menswear since 1976. A precision tailor, he was first inspired as a young boy by the tweeds of the Nottinghamshire country set. Today, he delivers classics with a whimsical twist. SS14 sees sportswear and suiting combine in the mainline collection while grand destinations such as Monaco and Monte Carlo set the scene for the London line with travel suits and utilitarian outerwear.
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