The gents of london fashion week

From those in crisp, heads-to-toe white, to cinched waists and red lipstick smeared on the ears (yes, we're still talking about the guys), once again there was a hugely diverse selection of looks on offer throughout London Fashion week.

Whilst there may have been those that eschewed the norm at the collections, (again we we refer back to a red lipstick covered ear which we just can't forget, and pink and red striped super flares which one show-goer took the challenge of styling out), instead we're focusing our efforts on the less outlandish and more on the best of the classics, with a little twist of course, it was fashion week after all.

Last season we saw an influx of outré footwear options with many a front-rower heading for a Gucci Princetown loafer in a mix of colour ways, and bright gauche sneakers being at the top of the list (it must have been the effect of the holographic pink backdrop) - yet this season we've taken a swift return to the classics, one of our particular favourites and by no means a surprise, the white leather sneaker. Accompanied by suits in similar hues, sweats and the gracious bomber, it brought a clean take to the more outlandish looks. Our favourites were the Common Projects version; just make sure they're box fresh, we're not returning to school days when filthy sneakers are cool.

Another classic came courtesy of the chelsea boot, a favourite being one gents studded version - paired with head-to-toe black it added the right amount of edge to an otherwise plain look.

When it came to styling this season, the way to do it was to keep it simple and make it tonal - a stellar example coming from model Richard Biedul (pictured above), not only did he smash out another full colour blocked look on day two but his first day outfit of pale beige was much more impactful than some of the more unusual looks we spotted. The key being in his classic accessories (ohh how love a rolex and sharp black sunnies) and perfect fit, an upmost essential if you want to pull off this sometimes tricky look.

When it came to outerwear the bomber showed no signs of running far; with everything from the classic khaki to printed/paint splashed versions from Oliver Proudlock, it remained ever-present. Other gents took other classic options with aviator jackets (we mean you Mr Biedul), rain macs in pastel colours and then those that kept it sleek in a navy overcoat.

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MenswearZak Walton