Designer Paul Costelloe kicked off London Fashion Week and Savile Row’s Ozwald Boateng closed it, but what, of the various shows in-between, will make it through to the high street and the online retailer?
Very often, male fashion is designed as a counterpoint to female and we saw some of that with Paul Costelloe, where his silvery female mini-dresses were contrasted against the sharp navy suits he put his male models into.
The Fifties preppy clothing on offer at E.Tautz is a safe bet – think of cool shades and muted patterns: pale blue polo-shirts and ice-cream coloured jumpers are likely to appear under the Christmas tree for boyfriends and husbands. There were bolder knits from Topman Design which may easily be seen on university campuses but the James Long patchwork style woven jumpers probably won’t make it into the high street, unless your name is Noel Edmonds!
Most male designers have gone for a suited and booted look which is more Square Mile that the construction style wear we were seeing a year ago. Shorts appeared in a lot of shows, as did scarlet T-shirts, possibly related to an economy being ‘in the red’.