After shooting Street Style on polaroids at the last London Fashion Week, I thought it would be a fun idea to capture some of the magical men of LC:M. Here a just a few of the recognisable characters I saw on my escapades.
London Collections: Men has proven to be another phenomenal season, full of fine tailoring, blurred gender barriers and more parties and free drinks to get an AA meeting moist.
This season I mingled with some of the finest faces to be seen in the menswear world and what a season it was for myself. Surrounded by an endless supply of male models. I rubbed shoulders with the likes of David Gandy, Oliver Cheshire, Sam Way, Jimmy Q and Harry Curran, enjoying all the front row treats that came with it. Though I did feel rather repugnant perched next to David Gandy, Tinnie Tempah and Dermot O’Leary, being front row did allow me to view the the runway outfits in their full glory without jumping up and down, tiptoeing or holding my iPhone in the air in with the hopes of capturing a low resolution look at the fine details of each item of clothing.
This season was full of diversity making each collection unique and desirable in their own way and my particular favourite shows had to be Katie Eary, James Long, Christopher Shannon and Topman Design. But when it comes to making a splash, the Oliver Spencer show proved to be the big hitter on the social media platforms after one of the water pipes burst, showering one block (with front row guests including David Gandy, Oliver Cheshire, Dermot O’Leary and Tinnie Tempah) in hot water, including myself sitting on second row.
Quite frankly I was drenched and at the time I had no idea what was happening, the lights started going down, everyone had found their seats and then I got spray of hot water down my neck, lots of screams started and people started fleeing the area and leaping over benches like a scene from 28 Days Later. In a blind panic, I realised I had left my Vivienne Westwood backpack (which quite frankly I was not leaving behind) so in an act of pure bravery, I ran towards the water, blurring my glasses and fogging my vision, like walking in to a burning building to save my beloved treasure. “I’m not leaving! My bag is in there!” Granted, maybe it was a little overdramatic but it was piss wet through. We all waited back in the entrance, had a quick natter about the surge of hot water and back in we went 15 minutes later, sat back in our (thankfully dried) seats and held tightly onto our personal belongings, just in case. For a second time, the lights dimmed and thankfully the show began, and as to no surprise, Oliver Spencer had indeed put on another incredible show.
After a hard day of networking, watching fashion shows and drinking free champagne like there’s no tomorrow, what better way to unwind than more alcohol at the many after parties going on throughout London Collections, and let me tell you this… There were some bloody good parties this year. First night I started off with the Esquire party at the Rosewood Hotel Piano Bar, very sophisticated and a great DJ set from Boy George. Other greats included the Fred Perry party, River Island’s presentation, YMC x Liberty and KTZ. But my favourite party had to be the Superdry party upstairs in The Old Sorting Office. Free drinks, big open warehouse, Nick Grimshaw DJ’ing but best of all, people were actually dancing! Proper dancing, the sort that would make a stripper proud, not bobbing while handing out business cards to associates. Dirty, legitimate, skanking slutdrops, dutty wine and head banging. It’s the first time i’ve seen people properly let loose at a fashion event and have a good time.
But when all was said and done, we happily returned to the place where everyone knows your name, the #TopmanLCM Pub for a burger, a pint and a mingle with our fellow fashion lovers.
London Collections: Men
I attended the LC:M shows in June this year to network and find potential job opportunities. I attended some incredible shows this year, such as; Topman Design, Nasir Mazhar and Xander Zhou thanks to David Gandy.
I also met up with Callum Watt (Digital Marketing Manager for Topman) who I went to shows with and met a lot of my favourite menswear designers like Sibling, Katie Eary and Agi&Sam in the Topman pub.
The Ivy opened its doors for the Velsvoir champagne reception and presentation
Stylist Karen Mason was another person I met who I later worked with on a shoot for Jocks&Nerds magazine.
I managed to get a few front row seats with both David Gandy and Oliver Cheshire and attended Oliver Spencer’s after show party at Liberties and the Ben Sherman for Shortlist magazine (#BSSparty) party where I managed to meet more people (and got some magical goodie bags).
Jocks&Nerds: Svengali photo shoot
After meeting stylist, Karen Mason, I contacted her about working as a styling assistant with her on a photo shoot. I was fortunate enough to work with Karen on a shoot for Jocks&Nerds magazine with the cast of the new film Svengali.
We went to lots of different PR companies around London sourcing and selecting clothes for the shoot. This was such a great experience as I got to meet a lot of PR teams and find their locations which will benefit me in later life.
Harvey Nichols’ LC:M tour – Leeds
The other day I attended the London Collections: Men showcase at the Harvey Nichols store in Leeds with my friend Jessie Pink. This event was a brilliant way to network with a lot of top London menswear designers in my hometown (with the cocktails flowing).
The designers that were showcasing their latest collections were; Katie Eary, Casely Hayford, James Long, Mr Hare, Lou Dalton, Bernstock Speirs, Lee Roach and Christopher Shannon.
Being able to chat with the designers about their collections was incredible, especially since you don’t often get chance to do so at LC:M in general due to hectic schedules but here I was able to have a gossip with many of my favourite designers including Katie Eary who created one of my favourite collections of LC:M back in June and James Long who was the first menswear designer I was able to attend a runway show of.
The event was a great atmosphere with free drinks galore (which is always a good sign) and the chance to check out some incredible pieces and a chance to chat to the menswear designers about their inspirations and such.
I really fell in love with Katie Eary’s hoodie (which I wore in my photograph with her) and Mr Hare’s metallic trainers.
The event was a brilliant opportunity to meet some of my heroes in the menswear fashion scene (and have drinks and a laugh with them in the process).
After the event at Harvey Nichols finished, we all went out for drinks and kept the party going (with many a drink swilling its way around my body).
I would love to meet up with the designers again at some point and attend their next LC:M runway collections.
I worked for a week in the Sorapol offices with Sorapol (designer), Daniel Lismore (creative director) and the rest of the team. I worked within the office writing up press releases, researching, going around London to check out some beautiful fabric and textile buildings and other deliveries.
Pre-London Fashion Week:
Hype Black on Black x Topman & MTV Stayin’ Alive x Bjorn Borg:
The day before LFW had started, I was invited to two events. One was the launch of the Hype Black on Black collection in association with Topman which took place in Shoreditch. This was a great event in a really nice little flagship store with Rekorderlig ciders being handed out like tic-tacs and gifts of limited edition silk scarves and Hype beanies. The second was the collaboration with MTV and Bjorn Borg’s new underwear collection. This event was really fun to be at, free champagne and cocktails and a brilliant runway presentation mid-party. Once the show had finished we were blessed by an appearance from MKS (better known as ‘The Original Sugababes’ to you and me) which really got the crowd pumped followed by a brilliant DJ set from Jodie Harsh.
We were gifted with beautiful pink camo Bjorn Borg underwear (limited edition for HIV awareness) and a really nice fragrance… All in all a top party.
London Fashion Week SS14
To me, LFW this year was a bit of a let down…
Firstly, they didn’t have Mulberry sponsored tote bags (already off to a bad start). Secondly, the weather was so repugnant that the number of people had depleted to a substantially minimal level thus enthusiasm had dropped.
I wasn’t particularly fussed about seeing shows this year, I was more interested in meeting up with friends and business contacts.
The highlight was meeting up with my friend Cornelia who runs her own fashion brand called IRL LDN (In Real Life London) and I was blessed with a freebie t-shirt gifted which will be perfect to photograph for my project this year.
I also attended the KTZ show which was brilliant as always and bumped into Kate Nash again, and I went to her after party in association with Untitled magazine.
I also managed to go see my friend’s collection this year; Pritch London who is a phenomenal designer who creates beautiful leather jackets in ways you couldn’t imagine leather to work.
Other than that, LFW was a bit of a blow out.
Found this video on the Falmouth University Vimeo page.
A little bit of a “what i’m up to” to promote the BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course here at Falmouth
Jonathan Daniel Pryce for WGSN street shot, London Collections Men
My friend spotted me on the WGSN tumblr page.
This image was taken London Collections: Men fashion event back in January, outside the Topman Design show.
This year was the first time I went to the LCM event and I had an incredible time, hanging out with David Gandy at the press event and champagne reception in which he announced his Comic Relief campaign: ‘The Blue Steel Appeal’ and then watching Zoolander at The Hospital Club in the private cinema room (more champagne and whisky)… I can’t complain !
Trilby: Virgin Blak
Trench Coat: Vintage Debenhams
Shirt: All Saints
Boots: Dr Marten’s
Ok, so this was from the London Collections: Men shows at the Topman Design Show in early January.
This image was taken by the TOPMAN Generation team and has appeared on the Topman Official Facebook page so check it out !
Check out my Lookbook page for more of my looks:
Sorry for the delays (I moved back down to Falmouth straight after LCM and I haven’t had chance to unpack everything and sort my life out again).
Anyway, I’m back now, settled in to university life again and ready to get back to blogging.
I had such an incredible time at the London Collections Menswear shows and I got the opportunity to go to some big events and some amazing shows.
Where do I begin? Well, I went to London primarily to meet up with a Fashion House about doing work experience in the near future (and it went well).
After that I figured I should go see some shows as I had the time and come on, its Menswear?!
As a lot of you already know, I met David Gandy back in March 2012 and as we’ve kept in touch, he’s been a really generous and kind person towards me and I cannot thank him enough for the opportunities he has given me at the Menswear shows.
I was waiting outside the Topman Show Space venue (for the Topman Design show), hoping to get in despite not having a ticket. A sudden blitz of camera flashes went off behind me and there he was, David had arrived. I said a quick hello and asked how he was doing, he then asked me if I had a ticket to the show (and unfortunately, no I didn’t) he then pulled me to the front of the queue, and went inside, by this point everyone was looking at me, he then came back outside (to more snaps and shouts) and he just casually looks me in the eye and says “Come on Harry, you’re in”… Well, as you could probably have guessed, I was rapturous! As I wandered into what looked like a very chic warehouse building, I was approached by a security guard; Andrew from South Africa, who noticed I was with David and asked me “Where is your ticket?” By this point I was terrified and I notified him that David had got me into the show and he just said “No problem, any other shows you want to come see, just give me a shout on the door and I will sort you out”. And that is exactly what happened, I turned up at the MAN collection later that day, grabbed myself a free beer, met with David again and said thank you to Andrew.
I had lots of other things to do afterwards so I didn’t get the chance to attend any other shows, maybe next time. Day 1 complete!
The second day I had a lot of things to do, so I was wandering here there and everywhere around London (bit of last minute shopping and purchasing as many fashion magazines as my wallet and my shoulder could handle).
I decided to get check out the Hospital Club location where I met up with Callum Watt (better known as Maketh-The-Man; jewellery designer and menswear blogger) and we decided to have a nosey around the show rooms, check out the accessories room and the clothing rooms. After that we decided to go to the champagne reception and press event where David Gandy was talking about his new Comic Relief campaign, the “Blue-Steel Appeal”, taken from the pose made famous by Ben Stiller in the film Zoolander. This was a great chance to meet other bloggers, fashion fans and press and again, David came over to say hello and invited me and Callum to watch Zoolander in the small cinema room upstairs. (Another champagne reception) so by this point I was starting to chill out and enjoy my beverages. Again, another fantastic experience and such a bizarre event, watching a film during Menswear Collections that mocks male models and the fashion industry, with the UK’s leading male super model and a room full of fashionistas, but my god, what a fun night it was, all topped off with a few more drinks and a chinese!
[Pictures to be uploaded shortly]
I met David at the Topman Design AW13 show as part of the London Collections: Men.
As i’ve met David previously, he saw me and managed to get me into the show, was a pleasure seeing him again and we had a great chat and a catch up.
(Even greater things happened the day after but all will be explained in due course).