With it being the last day of the London Fashion Week schedule menswear day is always one to remember. Therefore it only seemed right that Apes – in tandem with Gents – were out in strong force. Among an array of charcoal greys lay outbursts of colour, with the contrasting E.Tautz collection setting the standard. Red and black plaid jumpers were placed over simple white shirts while other ensembles played with exuberant uses of fabric. A theory that carried over to the Agi & Sam showing at MAN. The theme was futuristic and tones were vivid-Linton tweeds played havoc with traditional tartans, helping to create a look that was the epitome of a modern tribal uniform.

Topman Design Autumn/Winter ’12

It’s clear that prints will have a strong presence again next season; it was an ideal that translated throughout most shows with classic tailoring brands E.Tautz and Gieves & Hawkes being the obvious exceptions. In contrast to the loud exuberant nature of the above there were also darker, almost sinister, looks on display. This was best seen at Topman Design, where the collection juxtaposed soft and hard textures, natural and synthetic materials with slim silhouettes to create moody yet elegant looks that characterised the nature of the modern man.

A more detailed report on all the London Fashion Week shows to follow, stay tuned…