A highly anticipated Autumn/Winter collection was shown by Oliver Spencer this season at London Fashion Week Men’s, with a great turn out at the BFC Show space on the strand.
Oliver who is a self-taught tailor originally started out with his first store on Lambs Conduit Street, now internationally known and stocked in stores from Mr Porter, Harvey Nichols, and Le Bron Marche.
Founded in 2002 Oliver Spencer is known for his unique take on a modern relaxed style mixed with premium quality.
His latest show at London Fashion Week Men’s demonstrated an exciting take on the urban life in London. The collection titled “Love Is The Drug” drew inspiration from the city, culture, and the vibrant energy often found throughout the city, A Winter colour pallet and autumn tones reflected the river themes and local landscape.
This season looks flowed perfectly with deep chocolate and mustard suites in a luxurious velvet. A variety of masculine and boxy silhouettes followed with a great use of deep autumn tones, creating a sophisticated modern look mixed with a streetwear vibe. Oliver Spencer used a mixture of eye-catching textures and prints including this seasons trend plaid, stripes, and velvet. Creating a true reflection of the urban and vibrant atmosphere of London, with looks that are easily wearable and layered, perfect for today’s modern fashionable man.
This season shows a great collaboration with two iconic brands Barbour and Engineered Garments, showcasing a unique collection of only 5 garments at London Fashion Week Men’s.
The Autumn/Winter showcase was personal and low key, which allowed full attention to be on the collection which was showcased in the center of the room. Each Garment was displayed with accessories including headwear and a watch built into the sleeve of a jacket, technical breakdowns of each garment was displayed allowing the guests to see a flat drawing of the garment and where the inspiration was drawn from, this was all presented alongside each jacket on a tablet.
This collection although only 5 pieces, each garment speaks volume in detail with a great amount of style and history. This season's looks are technical, stylish, versatile with historic silhouettes that can easily be adapted to today’s streetwear hype. The five looks which consist of outdoor jackets are all made of waxed Cotton in Black, Navy and Olive, great autumn tones for this winter.
A variety of unique features are seen throughout the collection and on each garment, this includes a creative use of a center back zipper and rear “poachers” pockets. All garments showed a strong reference to Barbour’s well-recognised country style, historic military references, and a refreshing streetwear look.
The exciting features of this collection were not just the technical design but two unique brands merging together to create such inspirational pieces, each drawing from both brands heritage which made these jackets unique and attention-grabbing. Barbour comes from a British background after being founded originally by John Barbour who created outwear jackets for fisherman, mariners, and sailors to escape bad weather conditions whilst at sea and Engineered Garments which was founded by Daiki Suzuki, a Japanese designer based in New York. Known for his refreshing take on American Sportswear and unique technical designs.
Introducing only their third collection to the world What We Wear continues to keep us excited and has become one of the most anticipated fashion shows at London Mens Fashion Week.
Continuing with the underlining sporty look the brand was influenced by workwear ‘visual-data formed by the everyday man’. Looking deeper into the uniforms of the DLR operator, the construction worker and many more daily jobs and uniforms as a whole, the brand was able to add more formal accents into this greatly represented minimalistic concept.
Going for more of a fitted and slimmer look this season with navy, khaki, black, olive green as there primary colours they have also managed to add orange and some mustard yellow as their statement colours. Everything came together nicely as they were styled exceedingly well with Amsterdam based footwear brand Filling Pieces.
Reflecting back from his life experiences and living in the centre of London Tinie Tempah wanted to demonstrate that as we all work for the most part of our lives, that in today’s generation we now take more liking into how we dress even in the work environment by appealing to the youthful demographic. We can all agree that the man himself has not only proven to be a top leading UK artist or just appreciated for his amazing style and influence in fashion, but has managed to construct a clothing brand that can inspire all to wear.
In his own words ‘For me, I’m trying my best through my life experiences, to reflect the life of a young man today’ which I think many can agree that he has been able to do very well.