Jan. 13 - London men's fashion week 'London Collections: Men' is back and bigger than ever before. Edward Baran reports on the cuts, the comebacks and the colour.
London Men's Fashion Week is now in its sixth season and this January's was the biggest ever staged. GQ editor-in-chief Dylan Jones is chairman of London Collections: Men. SOUNDBITE, Dylan Jones, Chairman of London Collections: Men, saying (English): "Well Britain is the home of menswear. We invented the suit, we own Savile Row, we're very good at tradition but we're also very good at rebellion" Shoe and accessories designer Manolo Blahnik was in town showing off his first ever men's collection. He was persuaded to do so by fashion industry insiders after a perceived boom in menswear. SOUNDBITE, Manolo Blahnik, show designer, saying: "Men are more... I hate the word narcissist... more vanit... they have more vanity now and they want to look good and have wonderful pedicures and manicures and things like that. I think men are changing totally. They've been changing for years but now it's like de rigeur.." Moschino brought a snowstorm to show off oversized boots, ski goggles and fur accessories. While Burberry rounded off the fashion week with classic cuts and a rich colour palette. Tailors Gieves and Hawkes avoided the usual catwalk display, choosing to put models on podiums. The brand's creative director Jason Basmajian explained the appeal of the British capital. SOUNDBITE, Jason Basmajian, Gieves and Hawkes, saying: "I think what's uniquely London is the kind of blend and the tension created by, let's say, cutting edge street style with the institution of Savile Row, which is all about craft and tailoring and quality," Every fashion week needs drama -- that was provided by the return of enfant terrible John Galliano. Though outside the official events and a women's collection, the designer's show for Margiela was attended by Kate Moss, and won rave reviews. But the man himself kept a low profile -- leaving without talking to journalists or, it seemed, anyone else.