After the Palmer Harding SS14 show back in September, the clash of fashion with rain is starting to become something quite appealing. This season on the first day of London Collections: Men, Topman went all out with a torrential downpour that hit the catwalk as the models walked out into the dark still room that was the Topman Show Space of AW14. The models of the show was perhaps the most intriguing of all - high cheekbones and big ears hit the catwalk as Topman casted some of the most unique looking boys in the industry, including Abel Van Oeveren at Elite Models London, Stephen Smith at FM Models and Sean Semmens & Laurie Harding at Supa Model Management.
When it comes to the clothes, Topman never fail to present an impressively wearable collection. With hints of traditional tailoring and a touch of concept, looks included oversized double breasted outerwear with patent leather detail, snuggly wool cropped jumpers and loose yet tailored trousers. Numerous pieces were clearly inspired by the traditional raincoat you would have found yourself wearing back in the day - one your mum wouldn't let you out the house without; plastic and shiny in cape and poncho shapes. Yet Topman cleverly manage to keep the looks cool, transforming the raincoat into something rather special. The collection includes something for everyone - black staple pieces to neon orange or a soft sky blue. Pick and choose your preference as there was no holding back in the colour spectrum of the AW14 collection.
The downpour of Topman seems incredibly relevant, as Monday morning not only saw the launch of London Collections: Men AW14, but also hours of grey skies and constant rain as we made our way to the Hospital Club, the home of LCM, dodging the streets in hope to stay dry for fashion week - perhaps we could all do with one of these raincoats!
Images by Becky Maynes.
Words by Justine Hyde-Mobbs.