If you needed any more proof that menswear is producing some of the freshest concepts then look no further than Royal College of Art Menswear/Accessories MA graduate James Long. Working in sheepskin and leather, he twisted his trademark straps fetishistically and sent out oversize chunky knits in a dark palette of midnight blue and black, punctuated with cream. The overall effect was "Mongolian warrior meets bondage baron", but in a good way!
Next up, another RCA MA grad, Hans Christian Madsen. To quote the press release the collection was "a modern approach to the classic military sportswear and pure schoolboy look" with chisel cheekboned lads on the runway looking like fresh faced KGB recruits in pared down layered, fine jersey V-neck knits, loose fitting trousers and weatherproof outerwear.
Closing the show, Topman Design- this season making the move away from the ubiquitous nu rave (now kinda old rave) towards a harder aesthetic with all-black tailoring, cyber inspired shiny tech-fabric trousers and, for the more casual days, woolen joggers. On the footwear front, take note dandies: winklepickers are out, Doc Martens are in.