It’s been just a little over a week since I returned from my trip to London Collections: Men – it was such an eye-opening experience and even more so the second time around. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.
One of my favourite showcases took place in the Institute of Contemporary Arts,
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where Thomas Pink treated us with drinks, beautiful tailorings and a view of a miniaturised Big Ben (albeit a bit bleached out in the harsh daylight).
It was a very intimate presentation in a moderate size room, beautifully set up with a botanical theme fronted by models who were more than just breathing mannequins, for a change, they actually appeared to be enjoying themselves.
The interactions gave off a relaxed, if not a tad nonchalant atmosphere unsurprisingly appreciated by the attendees, who took full advantage of the opportunity to wind down while at work. After all, it was one of the last presentations on Day 2’s schedule.
As you may well know by now, I’m no expert in mens tailoring but I am attracted to all things offbeat and slightly left-of-centre so the variety of patterns and extensive selection of hues spanning from sundried citrus to scenic vibrancy pulls me in at first glance.
Inspired by Peter Schlesinger’s photographs of David Hockney and Cecil Beaton taken in the 70s, Thomas Pink S/S16 collection offers a more casual take on classic tailoring as a nod to the era’s style icons.
The collection takes us on a quintessential trip from Scotland with its play on tartan checks and travels down to the seaside town of Blackpool, where ironically the quieter pieces would feel right at home on the piers and promenade. This latest offering from the British brand represents more than just traditions, it captures the essence of mainstream rebellion and eccentricity the great nation has seen.
Personally, I’m looking forward to recreating some of the looks from this collection in the next few months. Though I’m not rushing out to get myself a pair of pale chinos or white high top Converse, check-on-check is perfectly accomplishable with my current wardrobe… now all I need is just some sunshine. Maybe an invitation to an outdoor wedding party. Near the coast. 😉