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LFW: Carolyn Massey Presentation

Menswear day at LFW was a veritable delight of tailored, wearable designs, and none more so that Carolyn Massey. London-based, Massey has gained a huge following in the blogosphere for her fantastic, workwear-inspired designs, and amiable, approachable online presence. This collection only added fuel to that fire. Blending Massey’s traditional tailoring flair with the highest quality materials – sourced from across the globe, no less – the collection has a loose, relaxed vibe, with longer tops and mustard-coloured trousers, which gave (to my eye at least) a slightly nautical-with-a-twist feel. Luscious cobalt blue duffle coats, a fabulous zigzag-print pullover and boxy leather luggage enhanced this feel, with contrast ribbon detailing finishing these pieces off in a softer manner. Inspired by two anthropology-inspired clothing documentation books (‘Un-Fashion’ by Tibor Kalman & ‘Farm’ by Jackie Nickerson), Massey incorporated classic traveller details like the desert-inspired turban and gorgeous leather boots into the collection, giving it an urban explorer vibe, which we rather liked. On visiting Massey’s studio briefly earlier this year, the attention to detail that is put into each piece is fascinating and reassuring, and on the strength of this collection’s combination of edgy shapes, classic tailoring, global influences and quality fabrics, she deserves her place as the jewel in LFW’s menswear day crown.

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