The final day of London Collections: Men

Burberry, Paul Smith and more...

The final day of London Collections: Men began in a suitably relaxed fashion with a breakfast presentation by Paul Smith. Housed in Soho’s light and airy Hauser and Wirth gallery, the precisely tailored suits from the British Collection lined the room. Sir Paul himself was on hand to talk his guests through the pieces and threw himself into the role – we even saw him pour water over his arm to demonstrate how water repellent the fabric was.

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Over in Covent Garden we got seven collections for the price of one thanks to Fashion East. Highlights? Denim camo by Marques’ Almeida, colour blocks and floral prints splashed across stark white tailoring from Joseph Turvey, colourful cartoon prints by Kit Neale and models stripping layers of clothes off for the assembled fashion crowd thanks to Meadham Kirchhoff.

James Long was inspired by the brilliantly named extreme cycling challenge, Helltrack, working rubberised denim, lycra T-shirts and knitted cycling jerseys into his sporty modern pieces. Christopher Raeburn’s signature stylish and functional outerwear took its cue from WW11’s Long Range Desert Group, with muted colours, dusty prints and techno fabrics. And Christopher Shannon’s boys, with their glitter-painted hair (we wonder how long it’ll take them to wash that out), sported rubber shorts and shirts in eye-popping shades of pink, green and blue, floral printed bomber jackets with zip-off sleeves and swirl-patterned sweaters.

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Finally, the biggest show of the day: Burberry. The label set up house in Kensington Gardens with a huge open-sided tent surrounded by lawn and trees that felt more like it was in the middle of the countryside than central London. Serena Williams, Douglas Booth and Tinie Tempah all sat front row to see the ‘Back Home in London’ collection unveiled: a retro, preppy collection that nodded to Alan Bennett and David Hockney with boldy coloured cropped macs, crisp shirts and narrow ties and drawstring leather PE bags. But you probably already know that – you were watching the live stream here on ELLEuk.com, right?

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