Last week, London saw host to the one of the biggest dates in the men’s fashion calendar, London Collections: MEN. The week showcased a wide variety of talent, showing the real breadth of emerging and established UK designers. The capital became a congregation for the industry’s most reputable buyers, editors, designers and press, who were all attempting to gain a glimpse of the latest trends and collections for the forthcoming year.
True to form, English designer Oliver Spencer showcased his AW13 collection – and yet again, it didn’t fail to impress. Inspired by twentieth century German art theorist Joseph Beuys and his association with the 1960s fluxus movement, much of the tailoring and outerwear fabrics utilised in the showcase were motivated by Beuys iconic ‘felt suit’.
Outerwear was a strong presence within the collection, with leather/shearling jackets particularly prevalent. Heavy woolen trousers, complete with turned-up hems, allowed the footwear on show to shine – and included a range of Spencer’s trademark cap-toe Oxford boots and suede brogues.
A personal favourite from the AW13 collection has to be the bold, woven striped suit. Giving the appearance of a patchwork effect, the palette of autumnal grey, blue, brown and green combined well and emphasised the muted and refined approach to colour the designer is renowned for. Orange and mustard yellow accent accessories offered variety to the more subdued colours, and provided much needed warmth and an injection of flair.
Overall, it was another exceptional collection from Oliver Spencer.