London Collections: Men may have ended last week, but we are still reeling from the sheer volume of great looks that we saw both on the catwalk as well as on the front row.
The Oliver Spencer show is always a really big show, not only for the great clothes but also for the celebrity front row line up. This season, a veritable who’s who was seated on the front row.
Models David Gandy and Oliver Cheshire were both dressed to impress in formalwear with Cheshire opting for a slim, grey checked design in contrast to Gandy’s traditional suit worn with cardigan combination.
The rest of the front row was relatively dressed down though – Oliver Proudock donned a denim jacket and a feathered hat and YouTube sensation Jim Chapman went for denim and leather. Actor Andrew Scott took things one step further in chinos and a t-shirt while model Jack Guiness went somewhere in the middle – denim with a blazer, t-shirt and overcoat.
Turning to the clothes themselves, they were exactly the sort of considered, intelligent menswear that we have come to expect from Oliver Spencer. Inspired by artist and sculptor David Nash, the influence of nature was felt through texture, fabrics and tones. Charcoals and dark greys were mixed with statement bright colours and floral prints, and fabrics contrasted.
The focus was on soft to touch fabrics like alpaca, recycled cashmere and super fine lambswool. If we were forced to pick our favourites from the next season range, we would have to go for the lambswool oversized roll neck, which looks superb when worn with a double breasted coat.