London Collections: Men – Jonathan Saunders A/W 2013
The Jonathan Saunders presentation was held in a gallery building on Southampton Row, not an area of London I was too familiar with, so I caught a cab (a luxury I don’t usually afford myself!) and followed the crowds of …
The Jonathan Saunders presentation was held in a gallery building on Southampton Row, not an area of London I was too familiar with, so I caught a cab (a luxury I don’t usually afford myself!) and followed the crowds of well-dressed people standing in line on the street. And I waited; we all waited. Doors were due to open at midday, and at 12.05pm we were no closer to getting inside than we had been at 11.45am – and not only that but we were fairly cold. (Although that seems an assumption; I was cold, and I knew, a few moments later, that I wasn’t the only one, but I’m sure there were some wise people with thermals or furs on under their Givenchy.)
Then a woman came up to the top of the queue and began complaining, in that fabulous way that British people do – I’m always delighted by how incensed they get when the train isn’t on time, while we Irish eejits stand there for 40 minutes going, “ah sure what else would you be doing?” She approached the hapless PR girl and asked how long we could expected to wait. “It’s freezing – I mean, if I was at Chanel in Paris, I might understand, but seriously?” The PR girl looked slightly mollified, and began to say, “we’re doing our utmost, we’re doing our best, we’re terribly sorry”. “This is the CEO of Matches!” said the woman. “Well,” said the PR girl, “you can stand just inside the door, out of the cold . . .” High places, wha’?
In any case, the presentation itself was a somewhat understated affair, even if the beautiful men handing out drinks at the entrance were a nice touch. For A/W Saunders is going for really bright block colours (see top), which is a nice change for a season that usually veers towards darkness rather than light. Geometric stripes and shapes were mixed in with wools and sparkling metallic fabrics (the T-shirt, above right, was really amazing in person, with movement it was positively magical).
Boiled-wool jackets and coats were in cobalt blues and greys (grey is coming through strongly for A/W 2013) went alongside pinks and oranges, and the block-soled brogues by Christian Louboutin were a gorgeous touch, even if slightly reminiscent of Simone Rocha. The watercolour-type prints were a nice touch, too; I don’t think there are enough accessible prints for men – either they’re way too out-there and worn only by real fashion heads, or so subtle they may as well be solid colours.
Jonathan Saunders menswear is available on Matches; all images taken by me