I wore… Tory Burch jacket (available on SALE here) and shorts (available on SALE here) and top, Kate Spade NY sunglasses (available here), Sophia Webster shoes (similar here) & Roger Vivier bag (available here)
Image c/o The Urban Spotter
LCM SS15 night two was officially “the big one” with Diesel and Moschino both hosting pretty major festivities. Subsequently day three was not the most sprightly of starts but I had projects to wrangle and a distressing amount of wilfully ignored emails to tackle so when my alarm went off like a bomb at 7am hitting snooze was sadly not an option. Several hours of frantic typing later I was suited and booted in one of my current favourite outfits. As you can see, it involved a co-ord and copious amounts of pink and shiny things, enough to put a spring in even the weariest of steps!
My first port of call was itsu, obviously, then it was on to Brook Street for the Joseph presentation. Having missed their return to the womenswear schedule I was excited to see what treats the iconic brand had in store for the fellas and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. It was, quite simply, some of the chicest menswear I’ve ever laid eyes on. “Simply” being the key word here as simplicity, along with quality and functionality, lies at the core of Joseph’s brand DNA. Drawing inspiration from the book “Brooklyn Gangs” by photographer Bruce Davidson, Joseph delivered an array of staples that felt both youthful and grown up all at once. Glove leather tees, light summer knits, crisp cotton tailoring in boxy silhouettes, picnic tablecloth checks and striped waffle knit polos in a palette of earthy neutrals, navy, khaki, olive and monochrome with touches of pink, salmon and peach. Stand out looks had to be those involving the signature print of the collection, an urban floral motif developed from elements of Davidson’s images. I’ve got my eye on the bomber jacket in particular.
Feeling reinvigorated by the Joseph presentation and peaceful ambiance of the showroom I headed out into the glorious sunshine for a leisurely totter through soho to The Hospital Club. On the day like that, London really does feel like the best place on the planet, but anyway I digress. After an hour or so’s satisfactory loitering in the press lounge under the guise of doing work it was time to head to Victoria House for the Katie Eary show. Katie has had a brilliant few seasons garnering stockists, press and a cult following not to mention her much coveted collection for River Island; when a high street giant wants to capitalize on your cool that’s a sure a sign as any for a designer that you’ve “arrived”. The collection was entitled “Dallas Rodeo”, which I certainly liked the sound of and as the Wild Wild West sound track stuck up I could almost imagine saloon doors swinging open in a desert breeze.
Katie Eary SS15
Choosing such a distinct theme runs the risk of veering into tired, overly retro territory but Katie Eary’s psychedelic cowboys were distinctly 2015. Dizzying graphic prints adorned neon hued silk shirts, paired with fringed suede biker jackets, scarves and moccasin ankle boots. Obviously you can’t have cowboys without denim but Eary elevated the trusty basic by way of treatments and heavy leather patching, resulting in trompe l’oeil confections ready to strut their stuff from Texas to Rodeo Drive. Complete with bullhead belt buckles, bird skull rings and lashings of glitter it was a bold, brash and unashamedly fun collection, this season Katie Eary certainly came to play.
I left the show daydreaming of glitter and desert shoot outs (more the former) and made the very short totter through Bloomsbury to the most gorgeous church where Baartmans and Siegal were hosting their presentation. Run by Dutch/English duo, Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel (who, FYI, own’s world’s most adorable Daschund… called Noodle!), this label is a serious one to watch. Actually, more of a one you should already have been watching. In the short few seasons since the label launched for SS11, through Harrods no less, Baartmans and Siegal’s covetable brand of accessible, wearable luxury has garnered Baartmans and Siegal rave reviews, prestigious stockists and it’s founder’s named on Esquire’s “7 Brilliant Brits List”. Combining luxe fabrics and imaginative detailing to create unique yet wearable collections has become the company’s calling card and this season they delivered just that. Think utility tailoring, uncontrived layering, subtly incorporated sportswear influences and detailing that fell somewhere between playful and useful in a palette of oil slick blacks, khakis, olive, navy and slate grey. Waterproof outerwear sat alongside crispest cotton and mesh pieces came luxed up with suede patches. All in all, I couldn’t fault it. Slick delivery, magnificent venue and stellar collection. There are big things coming for Baartmans and Siegal in the not-so-distant future I feel.
Baartmans and Siegal SS15
There was only was place I was going next and that place was Starbucks. The heat of the day was rather exacerbating my *ahem* headache in a way that nothing but a venti skinny iced latte could hope to cure. And cure it did. Within the blink of an eye I had answered emails, written a review or two (!) and was ready to hit up the final show on my LCM SS15 calendar, A.Sauvage. This was, hands down, one of the best shows I saw throughout. I did a little social media stuff for A.Sauvage a while back and, after just about getting over my lust for their buffersoft suede bombers, this first thing I thought was this guy and this brand are seriously, seriously smart. On an already overcrowded schedule – testament to the power and popularity of LCM - A.Sauvage’s collection stood out as the very epitome of sleek, contemporary cool for the urban gent who wants to look on trend without veering into try hard territory. Although I say “on trend” these pieces have a timelessness, albeit a very modern one, to them that elevates them straight to “investment” status. The show opened with one of the aforementioned bomber jackets articulated into luscious deep khaki leather. What followed was a tightly edited collection that combined highlighter bright colour pop tailoring with more classic takes modernised with leather trimmed lapels and paired with t-shirts printed with African masks and African dictators and the most mesmerising jungle print. Oh that print. Adorning jersey trimmed tops, cotton shirts, bombers and one particularly incredible suit, it came in forest green, grey and vivid neon blue. I want to be wearing it myself come SS15.
A.Sauvage SS15 (Images via Style.com)
The show drew to a close with Adrien taking a bow – I saw taking a bow, I mean doing a spinning, twirling run onto the catwalk that could have gone SO wrong but of course didn’t – wearing his masterful leather articulation of the classic crombie coat. All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better end to my LCM. Or at least to the shows, there were parties a’ plenty to follow.
Love Ella. X