Heat Inside and Out
Despite the slightly quieter schedule, there remained much to excite for this year’s LFWM
Roundup by Donna McCulloch
It wasn’t exactly a packed schedule this season, with many of the big players missing (Belstaff, Bobby Abley, J W Anderson) to name a few and the designer showrooms had a distinctly “pared back” feel but nonetheless, the shows and presentations that I did see, packed a punch.
My season started with an excellent presentation at Kirk Originals on the Friday followed by a very early start on Day one, with my pick of the day, Daniel Fletcher, featuring a beautiful silk shirt and scarf collaboration with American Artist Caitlin Keough, this show was packed to the rafters.
It was them up to the BFC showplace for the CV22 presentation, I, personally, loved this as nothing beats seeing some very fine male specimens skipping at 10am on Saturday, but it’s safe to say it divided opinion.
It was then a race across town to see the St James show on Jermyn Street, styled by GQ’s own Grace Gilfeather. My LFWM colleagues and I were lucky to make this as the show just happened to coincide with a certain Trooping of the Colour… we made it by a whisker and thank goodness we did as it was as excellent as ever and high on the celeb count with David Gandy and Richard Biedul spotted. It was slightly less stressful walking the 30 feet to the Lou Dalton presentation, which was, quintessentially Lou.
Next up, my presentation of the day, Wood Wood, for me, they do do such wearable pieces, my only complaint would be that we nearly passed out from the heat of the venue. This was followed by another jaunt across town to see Sharon Wauchob.
Day two started with one of GQ’s “one to watch” – Something to Hate On founded by Raff Law (son of Jude) and his two friends, Dan Mould and Max Clarke, their clothes or ‘merch’ are a mixture of logo tees, hoodies and tracksuits. Next up, Kent & Curwen; there was a lot of buzz around this one as it took a different format from previous seasons and the buzz was well and truly justified when not one, but two Beckhams made an appearance – and Edward Enninful turned up for tea…
Back to the BFC for the Danshan presentation which I throughly enjoyed but not as much as I did Michiko Koshino purely for the wash of colour that I was treated to. Sadly, I didn’t get allocation for Martine Rose, and given that it was staged in a surburban street in Camden I am doubly gutted…
Day three and saved one the best for last with the Barbour International presentation; one word – fabulous.
Oh, and BFC please install more than three portable, unisex toilets on site for January…
Side note: must also mention on the same day I attended the Winchester School of Art show at the Vinyl Factory…it’s so important to support emerging talent and there was plenty of that on display here. My one to watch; Abigail Skrentny.