Back to work today meant the beginning of London Collections: Men - not a bad way to start. So what do you need to know?
Two high street brands showed off their wares. First up the Topman team took their cue from the current weather and made it rain - well it was their winter collection after all. Models trooped down the catwalk in next season's wet weather gear while a deluge poured down on them - here's hoping someone passed them a towel backstage. And Marks & Spencer made its catwalk debut with its second Best of British collection, this season inspired David Frost.
Jonathan Saunders held his presentation in a disused office space, his models perched amongst huge speakers and trails of cables. Bright and colourful diamond checks, knits with glitter stripes and quilted bomber jackets in rich autumn shades and florals sat alongside pieces from his brand new collaboration with Lyle and Scott.
The MAN show, a showcase for rising stars, offered up three very different takes on menswear. Alan Taylor's collection, inspired by Henri Matisse and David lynch! was firmly rooted in the Saville Row tradition with abstract shapes hand printed across oversized coats and baggy-trousered suits. Bobby Abley sent his models out wearing silver mouthpieces that held their mouths open, a brilliantly unsettling accessory that matched his ghost story meets kids cartoon collection perfectly, from the Mickey Mouse ear hats and fluffy angora sweaters to the neoprene coats and teddy bear prints. And Craig Green not only offered up beautifully hand painted kalaidescope prints and intricately layered black pieces but also the most pleasingly unexpected soundtrack of the day - Roxette's 'Listen To Your Heart'.
Over at Fashion East we saw the current crop of Lulu Kennedy finds while drinking lemon and ginger tea (with or without brandy depending on your level of January detox). From Roxanne Farahmand's boy racers - draped across a car, no less - to Ryling's balaclava- clad revolutionaries, Massimo Casagrande's brilliantly tactile, crisp shirts and Nicomede Talavera's Robert Morris-inspired sportswear, it was a
Richard Nicoll closed the day with a brilliantly strong collection of leather and checked wool bomber jackets, slogan sweatshirts (the 'Brutal' sweater is already on course to be next season's sell-out) gingham checked shirts, rich and jaquard floral shorts. He closed the show with a clutch of ruffle-fronted, sheer shirts.
Tomorrow we'll be sat front row at JW Anderson, Alexander McQueen and Superdry: stay tuned for all the latest.