Eric Musgrave

Since 1980, menswear & fashion retail commentator, opinionated thought-leader,
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London Collections:Men Topman

My wish for an older role model was granted at the Topman show, where 65-year-old Ronnie Wood was in the front row wearing one of the chain’s suits. It was nice to see he’d coordinated his red socks with the dress of his new bride, Sally Humphreys. Celebs get the best seats these days. Ronnie was next to Tinie Tempah, who is part of the London Collections:Men steering committee, and model turned man-about-town David Gandy, who is going to be fashion ambassador for Red Nose Day’s 2013 campaign. At least these guys dress like adults. Further along the front row of Block A was Tim Blansk of style.com (in white jeans), Marigay McKee, fashion supremo at Harrods (in ankle boots) and Harrods’ head of menswear Jason Broderick.

Looking beyond the styling for the catwalk, the collection was a strong commercial collection of good winter pieces, with an emphasis on down-jackets and long parkas. I am not convinced thousands of Topman punters will be buying into white and bright orange for next winter, but is was a punchy presentation in the Old Sorting Office near Holborn, one of the key venues of the three-day programme.

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