Christopher Bailey pulled out all the stops for his return to London, presenting his SS'14 Prorsum collection in an enormous purpose-built marquee bang smack in the middle of Kensington Gardens.
The impressive location did nothing to draw attention away from the collection, which was one of Bailey's best to date. A talented colourist, beautiful, sloped shoulder jacket-cardigans in pale shades of lilac, fog blue and chocolate milk were sent down the runway alongside cropped fisherman's macs in bold primary colours - the butter soft leather pouches and duffle bags added to the "weekend by the seaside" mood, while the not-too–skinny tailored trousers in wearable muted shades bought things back to reality.
The super laid-back lace up suede espadrilles are on our shopping list for next summer.
Yet another accomplished collection from James Long, whose super-high quality, textural take on sportswear got everyone talking. Highlights included chunky mesh knitwear in deep blues and crisp whites, embroidered with graphic flashes of crimson, cerise and lime green; while Long's updated take on the classic sneaker - produced in collaboration with Kurt Geiger - were among the best shoes we've seen thus far.
Baartmans and Siegel
Taking their inspiration from South Pacific Aviation, the design duo concentrated on a core selection of key pieces within a mans wardrobe - the Harrington, the bomber jacket, the field jacket and a deconstructed parka and car coat.
The silhouette was soft and elegant in midnight blue and black - using buttery soft perforated suede, iridescent silks and jersey which they teamed with performance fabrics and honeycomb wool sweaters. Using military references, their own 'badge of honour' - a black embroidered arm patch with a palm tree - a symbl of escapism - and their own label initials - BAS - it is set to become a feature of their fledgling brand.