MAN never disappoint with their forward-thinking mix of new design talents, including both Bobby Abley and Craig Green with their cardboard constructions and leather crowns this season. Third up was Dublin-born newcomer Alan Taylor, whose collection was altogether more restrained and traditional. Grey tweed pieces were mixed with deconstructed skinny tailoring and the omnipresent shorts of S/S14 were seen with daringly high slits and short-sleeved jackets. Taylor dresses a man with intelligence, sculpting effortless laidback looks as he works to Hardy Amies’ principles that clothes should be ‘put on with care and then forgotten about’. Set to the backdrop of LCD Soundsystem, Taylor’s designs provided the perfect interval of composure between the more eccentric ventures of his MAN counterparts.
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