Western theme set to the big thing in menswear for spring/summer 2014

There was a western-themed spring/summer 2014 catwalk show, hosted by the high street brand of Topman Design, as part of London Collections: Men, the flourishing men’s fashion week. Satin cowboy shirts and brogues with silver wing tips featured the most at the show. You could hardly glimpse a pair of shorts, which are popular during summer.

In order to get the surf theme for autumn, the design director Gordon Richardson, banned the wearing of shorts. This way people would feel more glamorous, although they allowed some sleeveless bombers, and wide-legged trousers in the show. According to Richardson, the company was not here to do crazy designs, but created designs steeped in realism.

The talent showcase, showed that London still had a lot of creativity. The Sword in the Stone-inspired collection of Bobby Abley was the first to be showed, ad people found it to be endearing. All models and the designer himself wore crowns and carried teddy bear backpacks.

Alan Taylor, with grey tweeds and skinny tailoring, was restrained. Models who were in the Craig Green collection had to wear layered-up tie-dye street wear and had to carry cardboard sculptures that are found on the streets. Green says that he does what he would like to see since a show should be allowed to be a show.

The show was not all about theatre since some of the outfits can be broken down and worn on the streets. The modern London designer must have some business acumen. Taylor said that he did not want hype designs, but wanted designs that can be produced commercially.

Hardy Amies and Gieves & Hawkes, are getting on the schedule, with Amies having a photo session at the Gherkin. According to Richardson, new and traditional styles can exist together. The city was proud to design suits from the street up, and these add on to what is on offer, although the young voice is still audible.

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