London Collections Men S/S’14 saw Topman Design kick off the trend for all things Western and a darn rootin’ tootin’ it was too. Sitting in line to watch the show were Dermot O’Leary, David Gandy, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32 and others but we’d expect nothing less from the brand that can.
It may not have been as much a multi-dimensional show as we’d normally expect from the high street leaders but seemed to focus on one strong style – the Rock Star Cowboy rollin’ into town with messy quiffed up attitude and more of an air of 1950s menace.
Elements of Nashville (place meets E4 programme – told you it was gonna’ be big news) moseyed on down the catwalk as beautiful silk Western shirts in rich colours and trad black & white were paired with loose front pleat pants that owed much to techno fabrication.
Looking closely at the shirts, the hand embroidered intricate florals were destroyed with scratch stitching and spiders inspired by the 1950s B movie genre. Menace in their madness.
Fabulous varsity baseball jackets and waistcoats were transformed from Americana sportif to down-right louche and sexy in luxurious silks and metallic yarns. Trad single-breasted jackets sported sharp lapels with tight shoulders – all the better to make a linear impression and break those hearts.
Thin silver belts echoed the metallic brogues and mirrored the ’50s retro shades.
When Topman’s mean and moody rock-star cowboy rolls into town, his girlfriend may just want to borrow the shirt…and the shades.