London Fashion Week - Designers
What I'm wearing
My hat is Village Hats, it’s another layer, which adds another dimension to an outfit.
Rollneck I got last summer actually from Zara, it looks super cosy, it’s a linen-cotton blend. It looks warm but you can leave it on with the heating on and you don’t sweat profusely.
The jacket is Ferragamo, I love them. It’s quite a misunderstood brand, I think most people know it as being a bit coporate, but their ready to wear range is so nice. It’s not available in so many places. I love their Spring/Summer collection especially.
This is a Vilebrequin silk shirt, double-breasted, I love it. I think because of the double-breasted look it has this military aesthetic but with the silk it’s quite fashiony and delicate.
The trousers are Tommy Hilfiger and shoes are Church’s, I’m super protective of them on the Tube.
The belt is Asos and the bag is from an Australian brand which also does women’s wear, called Mon Purse. The fact that it’s A4 and it has really good structure to it, it’s really practical. I can have my phone, my wallet and charger and press passes.
What I'm wearing
This morning I’m wearing part of the Gap collaboration with Ami that just came out.
A Chester Barrie grey turtleneck, the glasses are Ralph Lauren and these beautiful Santoni shoes that I just got this autumn.
The shoes have a classic style to them with the monk strap and they’re so well made, they play with the colour, there's some ombre going on with the browns and the beiges. I find them quite fun.
What I'm looking forward to seeing
It’s quite a busy day, there are quite a lot of young designers. Wood Wood that we’re going to go see. I might go see Charles Jeffrey LoverBoy, if that fits in with the schedule, and certainly Ben Sherman, I'm always a fan. Obviously Kent & Curwen.
The new young designers who are playing with traditional tailoring, doing deconstruction but putting it back together so it’s not necessarily so oversized. It’s fitted but it's those twists on the traditional well-made suiting.
How to survive London Fashion Week
Always try to get enough sleep. Try to drink enough water, as corny and cliché as it might sound, stay hydrated and eat when you can.
What I'm wearing
Today I’m wearing a vintage Edward Sexton two-piece suit with a wide peak lapel and a brown and caramel houndstooth and a wide leg pleated trouser. It's very Seventies inspired.
I’m wearing some Bass Weejuns’ loafers in a complimentary carmel colour and I’m wearing a Chester Barrie caramel, cashmere roll neck and a matching camel overcoat. The watch is a vintage 1976 Rolex Datejust it’s my grandfather’s and it matches my outfit.
What I find interesting is trend led, because I see it first-hand on the magazines, in the catwalks, so for the last two years I’ve been wearing predominately quite dark earthy tones, browns, caramels and greens. I’ve been wearing suits with a silhouette which is very Seventies, it’s boxier on the shoulder, higher waisted on the trouser, wider on the lapel and it’s an aesthetic that I really, really like. It’s so much more louche and laid-back. I feel so much more comfortable now, wearing what people are calling oversized tailoring.
Walking at Oliver Spencer
I’m always excited to walk for Oliver. He was the guy I first ever walked for when I got signed, I closed his show and shot his campaign about a week later. It’s been a privilege to see him develop his aesthetic. This season he’s got a lot of corduroy, a lot of velvet, a lot of mustard and browns and he’s brought back the tailoring this season. The suits have made a comeback. If I could define my aesthetic in anyway it would be Savile Row meets Oliver Spencer.
You can shop the Oliver Spencer AW18 collection now on Vero via the profiles of Oliver Spencer, Isaac Carew, Daisy Lowe and Erin O’Connor.
My London Fashion Week survival tips
Stay hydrated, stay out the pub, don’t drink too much coffee otherwise you won’t be able to clap at the end of the show, you’ll be missing your hands. Other than that eat, and have a solid moisturiser in the morning after the night before.
Shiseido's tinted moisturiser is very good for Fashion Week, because it gives you a bit of colour and it’s a bit more heavy duty than anything else.
What I'm wearing
One of the most interesting bits is the dashing tweed Oxford bags, it’s Guy Hills’s tweed, which is reflective.
Oxford bag is obviously volume and higher waist. High waist is critical stuff, obvious stuff. Braces bang into them myself, prefer clip on because at my age I’m finding button a little bit quaint, you know the next thing you look like you’re in an episode of The Sullivans, Google that, or even A Streetcar Named Desire if you’re lucky.
Obsessed by the Belden tees, knitted cotton tees by John Smedley. All my boys are in them: Luke Evans, Dermot O’Leary and Rob Brydon. We’re all wearing them. It’s like a T-shirt but not, love it.
Coat is a little suede jacket by Brunello Cucinelli, suede with a little bit of padding. Not fitted, loose, there’s a little bit of a weekend thing going on.
I felt like a life changing moment with this, it’s like a massive Comme des Garçons flag, which I’m bang into. There’s different sized polka dots going on and also a Hermes Chaîne d'Ancre scarf ring, vintage.
I’m also wearing cashmere Tabio socks, to just below the knee, where every gentleman should be wearing them. Then, the ever versatile Prada penny loafer, these guys just keep going. Again a lot of my boys are in them. Also my vintage Rolex with a strap in the Gucci webbing colours and the sunglasses are Yves Saint Laurent.
What I'm looking forward to
The best show's going to be Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY. We haven't had anything with that much energy, vitality and panache. I mean I love that trouser suit thing he's doing. It's cutting mixed in with anarchy really, I really like that about Charles and the colours are amazing, and I like the boy as well. Big fan of his work.