London menswear shows: highlights from the first day

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Topman Design

The Topman Design director Gordon Richardson’s collection went heavy on eye-catching (although dark) outerwear and chunky knits for fall. 

#rollnecks #thick knits #bold outerwear

Alan Taylor 

Oversized tailoring was covered with Matisse-influenced cut-out shapes in contrasting colors. We loved the flowing tweed suits and Bowie-esque looks of the models.

#peak lapels #colorful suiting #wide-leg pants

Bobby Abley 

Models wearing dental retractors to keep their teeth bared wore sporty, Givenchy and McQueen-influenced pieces which riffed on Disney’s classic “Sleeping Beauty.” Abley’s signature black bear motif appeared too. 

#disney #cartoon horror #teddy bears

Craig Green 

Flowing coats and robes brought to mind a sort of acetic, oriental religious wear. The black pieces were contrasted with bright, handmade prints in kaleidoscopic colors. 

#monks #kaleidoscope #leather straps 

Xander Zhou 

The Chinese designer mixed fashion and streetwear with minimalist school/club crests details and a diagonal stripe motif.   

#crests #stripes #big volumes

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