You are always in for a surprise when it comes to presentations at London Collections: Men. They allow for the designer to take over yet another creative side - setting. But it's not just setting; it's also the involvement of the audience, the liveliness of the models and, well, the free cocktails that help the collection come to life.
The Duchamp AW14 presentation was hosted at the Royal Academy of Arts, but it felt more like a snazzy West London bar if I'm honest. As soon as I entered the room I was handed a tasty elderflower and gin summer punch, setting me right in the mood. I was surrounded by bearded, long-haired models of various ages looking extremely dapper playing poker, chess, or simply just conversing. I half expected them to be smoking a cigar while they were at it.
The collection was made up of class and sophistication as the British brand took their tailoring to the next level with smooth velvet suits and paisley shirts. One outfit that stuck out for me was the satin black suit paired with an orange waistcoat and tie, fitted over a black and white checkered silky smooth shirt - the perfect combination of a traditional three piece suit blended with a little bit of quirkiness and a beautiful contrast in colour.
Amongst the oh so smooth masculine models, we did manage to catch Declan at Supa Models, who was looking very handsome and sophisticated indeed!
Photography by Sophie Mayanne.
Words by Justine Hyde-Mobbs.