London Fashion Week Preview

The time is here once again where Britain’s best talent is showcased to the world at the Autumn Winter 2011 London Fashion Week. The fashion extravaganza, from the 18th – 23rd February 2011 (menswear day 23rd February), follows on from fashion weeks in New York, Milan and Paris. The designers have been working hard over the past six months to exceed expectations and to go to the next level from the Spring Summer 2011 fashion week in September 2010.

Unlike Milan and Paris, London does not have a whole week devoted to menswear, instead we have a whole day. Needless to say, there is still a lot to showcase, and the day is extremely busy showing off the latest in British talent.

Focusing on the Menswear day of London Fashion Week, there is an array of talent that is going to provide some amazing collections for the world’s press and buyers. Not long to go now, but for meantime I’m going to preview the designers who I’ve hand picked from the crowd – with difficulty – for you to keep an eye on.

J.W Anderson

J.W Anderson Menswear on the Runway

Taking inspiration from country estates, Lost in Translation and fans of The Smiths, J.W Anderson’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is sure going to be an interesting watch. In his Spring/Summer 2011 collection, we saw Swarovski crystals glued to the toes of boots, and most of the pieces in the collection were a good buy. What is there going to be this season? The catwalk show is at

09:00 on the 23rd February 2011.

  • J.W. Anderson Men's Tie Dye Harness T-Shirt
  • J.W. Anderson Men's Dip Dye Doily Crew T-Shirt
  • J.W. Anderson Men's SS11 Gedney Print Arms Folded T-Shirt
  • J.W. Anderson Men's SS11 Festival Boot Swarovski Crystal Tongue
James Long

James Long Menswear on the Runway

Known for his leather knits and accessories with his strong and directional menswear collections, the James Long AW11 collection has a lot to live up to. Watching his SS11 show in September was an eye-opener, and included lots of paint splattered pieces and light weight knits. Long has been inspired by mayhem, forests and fog horizons this season, so we can expect there to be magic on the catwalk again from the Northampton born designer.

The catwalk show is at 13.15 on the 23rd February.

Lou Dalton

Lou Dalton Menswear on the Runway

Labelling her designs as ‘rebellious sportswear with a strong attention to detail’, the AW11 collection from Lou Dalton is going to be a layering masterpiece. The collection is due to be showcased at the beautiful Royal Opera House in conjunction with NEWGEN MEN sponsored by Topman. A great collection in an amazing venue just warrants attention.

The salon show is on the 23rd February at 14.45.

  • Lou Dalton Fairisle Knitted Crewneck Jumper
  • Lou Dalton Fairisle Knit Crewneck Tank Top
  • Lou Dalton Twill Stretch Shirt
  • Lou Dalton Twill Stretch Sweatpant
E.Tautz

E.Tautz Menswear on the Runway

Patrick Grant describes his clothes as an English sensibility mixed with a schoolboy humour. His clothes are for people who want to dress elegantly, but who also enjoy clothing and individuality at the same time. With his trademark hand appliquéd knits, the collection from E Tautz is going to showcase elegance at its Savile Row best. I think there’s going to be some interesting colour blocking of autumnal shades in this collection.

The salon show is on the 23rd February at 13.45.

  • E. Tautz for oki-ni Exclusive Hand Knitted Fox Sweater
  • E. Tautz for oki-ni Exclusive Hand Knitted Fox Sweater
  • E. Tautz Zip Up Tweed Harrington Jacket
  • E. Tautz Double Breasted Unstructured Formal Jacket
Christopher Shannon

Christopher Shannon Menswear on the Runway

The Liverpool-born designer says he has been influence by Rihanna this season, so we may expect to see some Rudeboy’s on the catwalk with textual pieces and interesting prints. The collection is sure to include his trademark sweatshirts, but I feel like there is going to a move towards shearling for Shannon this season.

The show is going to held on the 23rd February 2011 at 11:00.

  • Christopher Shannon Panelled Anorak Jacket
  • Christopher Shannon Panelled Sweatshirt
  • Christopher Shannon Multi Print Crop T-Shirt
  • Christopher Shannon Panelled Chino Trousers
  • CHRISTOPHER SHANNON Cut–out layered t–shirt
  • CHRISTOPHER SHANNON Panelled t–shirt
  • CHRISTOPHER SHANNON Panelled chino trousers
  • CHRISTOPHER SHANNON Panelled sports shorts
Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum Menswear n the Runway

We saw a few weeks ago that the Burberry fall 2011 menswear collection in Milan contained an array of bright colours, and the Prorsum show is going to be similar at LFW. Consisting of puffa jackets, plaid coats and luxe aviators, the collection is beautiful, raising the anticipation for the LFW show.

The show is on the 21st February at 16.00.

  • burberry prorsum Short sleeve shirt
  • burberry prorsum Elastic waist trousers
  • burberry prorsum Epaulette merino and silk jumper
  • burberry prorsum Chunky knit asymmetric zip cardigan
  • BURBERRY hooded jacket
  • Black Leather Grainger Biker Jacket Burberry
  • burberry prorsum<br /> Washed leather jacket
  • Black Leather Army Boots Burberry

It’s going to be a very busy week at LFW this season and I’ll be back next week with a review of the the best shows.

Matthew
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