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St James is the undisputed home of British men's fashion. The milliner, the tailor, the luxury shoemaker – Jermyn Street holds some of the finest brands in English heritage fashion. So it seems only right that every season this buzzing road becomes an open-air catwalk for LFWM, showcasing the best that menswear has to offer.

The sun was shining, a gentle breeze was blowing and as the clock struck eleven, the beat of Jain's Makeba marked the start of the St James's Jermyn Street show. Now an institution of mens fashion week, each season the shops and designers that call this area home come together to showcase their new season offerings to a packed audience.

As the likes of David Gandy and Jim Chapman looked on, the models appeared on the runway. Curated by GQ's fashion editor, Grace Gilfeather, the show was split into sections – lightweight suits and linen from Emma Willis and Hawes & Curtis with colour pop accents kicked off the summer tailoring edit.

Velvet blazers and silk robes announced the move into an ode to Jermyn Street's heritage, complete with pocket squares from Harvie & Hudson and Crockett & Jones loafers.

Dunhill introduced a more casual vibe with bomber jackets and roll neck sweaters, accompanied by Aquascutum and Barbour. Colours were subdued, ranging from soft greys to neutral beiges, with the odd flash of coral or turquoise adding warmth to the curated selection.

We finished up with pool side chic – shorts from Jigsaw and Turnbull & Asser got shorter and shirts became unbuttoned for a relaxed style.

As the models filed off the catwalk, the crowd seemed buoyed by the show they'd just seen – there really is no better way to shop the current season than outside in the sunshine to some great music. Everyone soon dispersed in groups into the shops on Jermyn street, where live models sat in windows displaying some of the pieces we'd just seen and others for SS17. In a fashion week world where usually we are only spectators, there is something quite special about the St James's Jermyn Street show – it feels just that bit more interactive and immersive, adding a new element to proceedings.

 

Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photographer | @tegan.photography

 

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London Fashion Week Men’s (LFWM) presented Barbour International at the Royal Institute of British Architects for the first time yesterday, where the motorcycle heritage brand also launched its Snapchat channel (@BarbourInt).

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Barbour International is the rugged younger brother of the Barbour brand we know and love with its wax jackets and countryside connotations. John Barbour originally founded the company in 1894. His grandson Duncan Barbour then diversified and revved some engines with the 1936 production of the Barbour International, a one-piece wax cotton motorcycle suit.

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The suit was created with off road motorcycle event, the International Six Day Trials (ISDT), in mind. Almost every British team sported the Barbour International until 1977. The LFWM presentation celebrated that fact, tracing Barbour International’s history and highlighting individuals – the British ISDT team and Steve McQueen among them – that made motorcycle clothing cool. Then again, who wouldn’t be a sucker for a bad boy on a motorcycle, especially when he has effortless style?

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Speaking of which, two gloriously shiny Triumph motorcycles were given pride of place to allow Barbour International’s gritty edge to shine through. Models stood with dirt, gravel, and tread marks underfoot to transport the AW17 collection and its undeniable influence, the motorcycle, to where it belonged – outdoors.

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They wore wax, baffle, quilt, and parka designs paired with knitwear, polos, branded black and yellow fringed scarves, and functional ribbed beanies.

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Scottish artist Robert Montgomery’s light sculpture poem was illuminated in capitals and read: “THE FIELDS MUST HAVE DREAMED THE ROADS FROM THE WIND IN THEIR GRASS / FROM THE SHIVERS OF SKY IN THEIR GRASS THAT WHISPER IDEAS OF FREEDOM TO THEM.” It drew attention to the stars of the show glittering underneath – limited edition A7 International jackets.

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They were laid out like an updated version of the iconic jackets worn by Danny Zuko and the rest of the T-Birds in Grease, just waiting for a new batch of trendsetters to pick them up and put them on. A new year inspires a new crew and Barbour International is more than willing to provide the uniform.

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Text from Montgomery’s billboard poems and light pieces is woven in luminous thread on the back of six jackets, which can be bought at Selfridges. Replica painted versions of the jackets are being given away this weekend on Barbour International’s Snapchat. One was being freshly coated during the presentation – it doesn’t get slicker than that.

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Paul Wilkinson, global marketing director for Barbour said: “Barbour International is now a true standalone brand with its own lifestyle and attitudes. We wanted to deliver an experience that gives everyone a strong sense of Barbour International’s authenticity and heritage since 1936, as well as celebrating the brand’s modern day success and looking forward to its global growth for the future.”

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Words: Laura Rutkowski | Fashion Week Press | @Laura_Rutkowski

Images: Amie Charlot | Fashion Week Photographer | @amiecharlot

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Barbour presented their Autumn Winter 2016 Heritage collection at the Swiss Church in Covent Garden. The British brand stuck to what they know best and showcased pieces that updated the brand's style codes while remaining true to their history.

Jackets were made more modern with slimmer silhouettes combined with quilted materials making for interesting mixtures of texture. The brand best known for its ‘countryside chic’ reimagined key pieces such as the waterproof Wellington in a Chelsea boot likeness, paired with beige coloured chinos, mustard trekking jackets and knitted jumpers.

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Accessories were produced alongside Universal Works; backpacks and holdalls were heavy in khaki with military inspired pockets and classic shapes. Barbour focused on remaining authentic and functional, referencing their 1900s catalogues to find inspiration which symbolised the trustworthiness and durability of the brands items.

The more modern pieces were collectively named Night Watch, which replaced standout colour-ways with black technical fabrics to keep the core principle of the jackets being usable, with wax layering to maintain waterproof protection, featuring tartan which has been a staple throughout the brand's history, with some of the patterns being exclusive to Barbour.

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It is also their  fourth season collaborating with the Japanese brand White Mountaineering, in which both of the outdoor specialists combine their knowledge to create contemporary wearable clothing.

Words by Andre Bogues | Fashion Week Press | @andredevb

Images by Joshua Atkins | Fashion Week Photographer | @joshuaatkins

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Barbour's first ever presentation at London Collections Men took place at Swiss Church in Covent Garden. Guests were welcomed to join the celebration with glasses of champagne and mill around the church hall to see the clothing close up. The presentation was a mixture of clothing on rails and live models displaying how outfits are put together in this collection.

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Autumn Winter 2015 looks back to the past, taking inspiration from the 1919 Barbour catalogue comprising of traditional tweeds. This starting point was then introduced to contemporary methods and styles to successfully combine heritage with modernity. The colour scheme was made up of three stories: navy, olive and brown which are all established Barbour favourites.

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The Barbour man layers his clothing, pairing cotton shirts with tweed jackets, over twill trousers. For AW15 these were tucked into high cotton socks and smart brogues. Details within the collection included patchwork knitwear, elbow patches, speckled tweed and army camo prints.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @Sunna_Naseer
Images: Aaron Hurley | Fashion Week Photographer |

barbour image 1As the Barbour Rexton jackets becomes more and more popular staving off rainy afternoons at festivals and acting and the perfect floor covering for a makeshift pick-nick we thought we should remind you that Barbour do far more than just jackets.

Everyone always hears Barbour and thinks jackets…but actually they have everything a guy could want this summer! From rucksacks to mid layers they literally have them covered this season. See the images attached if you don't believe me.

So if you want something to match that Rexton, a pair of shorts, a jumper or even wash bag Barbour has it all!