Prince Charles launches London Collections: Men at St James Palace

The London menswear shows get off to a royal start

London Collections: Men kicked off last night in the most regal manner, with a reception at St James Palace, hosted by The Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles had his tongue firmly in his cheek as he mocked his own unchanging style, reports The Telegraph.

‘I'm finding it very hard to live with myself, ladies and gentlemen. Because someone suggested that I might be an icon of fashion. After 64 bleeding years. I don't know why,’ he jested.

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‘I have lurched from being the best-dressed man to being the worst dressed man,’ the Prince continued. ‘I don't know why - presumably it sells publications. Meanwhile I have gone on, like a stopped clock - and my time comes around every 25 years.’

With such a humble opinion of his status as a fashion icon, the decision of what to wear must have been a heavy one. He went for a Turnbull & Asser shirt, tie and handkerchief with an Anderson & Sheppard double-breasted suit and a pair of black 43-year-old Lobb shoes.

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Tom Ford was spotted chatting to Sir Philip Green, sparking rumours of Tom Ford for Topshop collection, while designers JW Anderson (who is collaborating with Topshop), and Christopher Raeburn were also there ahead of their shows this weekend.

We have to admit we’re a bit jealous: the London womenswear collections are usually opened with a reception at Downing Street. Downing Street. Not to seem ungrateful, but we want to go to the Palace too. Kate Middleton, if you’re reading this, perhaps you could throw us a little reception at Kensington in September...

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