Designs by William Richard Green
The London showrooms organised by the British Fashion Council officially opened its doors in Hong Kong this week. The invite-only event is great opportunity for Asian editors and buyers to check out the latest fashion talents coming out of the UK, which is great since many of us don’t always get to attend London Fashion Week. I think that most editors would agree that London has been reenergised with a creative spirit over the past few years so I was looking forward to some new discoveries.
Jonathan Saunders men’s wear (right) and Peter Pilotto’s stunning prints (centre and left)
Returning for a second time were familiar names including shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood (who has finally heeded my call and created some amazing flats in dizzying graphic prints), print master Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Ilincic.
But what really stood out to me was the men’s wear which seems to be going from strength to strength. These Brits have a knack for balancing their Savile Row heritage with underground sub-cultures and street references and the result is modern and wearable clothes.
E.Tautz returned with their beautiful tailoring (for spring/summer 13 there are capes, double breasted suits and button down shirts in bright shades of yellow and fuchsia). New additions include Agi & Sam, which like Peter Pilotto, combine prints with traditional men’s tailoring. Matthew Miller’s laser cut and foil details are clearly inspired by the digital age.
E. Tautz (left) and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes (right)
Minimalists will love the designs of Lee Roach. His streamlined silhouettes come in a monochromatic palette – bar some silver pieces for the adventurous male – but items such as vests are given an industrial edge with nylon strap fastenings. Cut-out Nike trainers add to the cool look.
Minimalist designs by Lee Roach
Catering to the urban males are William Richard Green and Shaun Samson. Samson, a Jeremy Scott alum, is all about modern streetwear with his grungey oversized Tees and checked shirts. Green meanwhile lives another life as an electronic music producer, which apparently influences his playful yet masculine designs. For spring/summer 2013, black and grey polka dots are printed onto separetes or come as cut outs on a grey jumper.
Dominic Jones jewellery (above and below)
Everyone was also going gaga over Dominic Jones’ punk inspired jewellery. A favourite of Anna Wintour, Jones is the current nominee for the 2012 British Fashion Award for Emerging Accessories Designer and you can see why. His pieces are edgy yet wearable – think stud/chain earrings, geometric knuckle duster rings and spike pendants, all plated in gold for an elegant yet tough look (a selection is available in Hong Kong at Russell Street boutique).