It may have been the abundant free champers, but the Fashion East installations at this year’s menswear day were harder to get into for some people than Fort Knox – some poor people were being coerced into handing over their business cards before gaining access. Not us though, We sailed by on the good ship HMS Notion. And we’re bloody glad we did cos there was tons of lovely stuff once inside (as well as the champagne of course). Our photographer Robbie had a nose around with our lovely writer Alexa Hall, and immediately got distracted by a number of gorgeous things. The detailing on Sebastian Tarek’s shoes, particularly the pink woven leather lace-ups was second to none, as was the exquisite finishing on Williams Handmade’s beautifully-shaped valises. Marwood’s lace bowties were another highlight, as were Bunney’s lovely, lovely silverware. But it was Agi & Sam’s colour-explosion that really caught both our photographer and our writer’s eyes. The designers use of colourblocking reflected our Editor’s (or rather what he was trying to achieve, apparently), and the overall vibe was a character in a Van Gogh or Dérain oil painting – alive, rich and sundrenched. Models were given blows of tempra paints on their feets and faces; patterned jackets took in everything from lizard-skin to madras motifs and more, but our favourites, our ABSOLUTE favourites, were the shoes. Colourful lace-ups with intricate patterns; woven canvas and leather; contrast panels. For anyone with a love of colour – and let’s face it, next summer you’re going to have to – Agi & Sam’s collection was a tour de force, and probably one of the best things I saw at menswear day.
-Photographer: Robbie Peachey