Saturday, 28 June 2014

Styled By Simon

That Dapper Chap views the AW15 Simon Carter Collection

If you've been following my writing before That Dapper you'll know that I was a contributing writer for Bespoke Unit, an american based menswear and lifestyle magazine. While writing for them I was invited to an evening in the company of British Menswear designer Simon Carter. This was my first official outing as a blogger and my experience is detailed in my article for Bespoke Unit.

My return to Mayfair

As I mentioned above the last time I visited Simon Carter was my first outing as a blogger and I have to admit to being a bit nervous, I had no idea how it was going to go and no idea about what to expect. This time was different however, and while I didn't know what to expect from the AW14 collection I knew that I could expect a warm welcome and a firm handshake and that is exactly what greeted us.

Outside the Simon carter store in Londons Mayfair

I attended the evening with Viktor Man of The Man And Glam Blog. It had been an eventful evening so far, having just left the Lutwyche SS15 preview in Holborn and I knew that Viktor would be excited to see the Liberty prints that Simon uses on his shirts, and his reaction when he saw them was just as I expected.

As we've come to expect from the Simon Carter range there was an array of stunning colours and patterns in store. Simon told us that after seeing the 2013 film American Hustle he was inspired to add aspects of a 70's retro theme for AW14 and this is evident in his brightly coloured wide kipper ties. This is in direct contrast to, and a stark difference to what we are seeing in mens neckwear of late, when ties have seemed to get thinner and thinner. But as we know, what goes around comes around and with Topman putting flares on the runway during London Collections: Men the 1970's are returning. Groovy man!

A range of stunning prints

Some of the many beautiful cufflinks available online £50-£75
Modelling a stunning navy silk velvet evening jacket
As soon as we stepped into the store we were recognised by Simon, which was very nice. Considering that Simon is a man who meets many different people at many different events, he is very down to earth and his success still hasn't gone to his head. This is a very admirable trait and one which is often lost by other designers and people in his field. No sooner was the big smile and firm shake over when we were being offered a much needed glass of fizz and I was out of my own jacket and in one of Simon's latest creations. 

Beautiful Liberty print shirts

With Simon Carter, surrounded by beautiful shirts
While Viktor was admiring the colourful patterns and stunning Liberty prints, as excited as a small a child in a sweet shop, Simon and I discussed his latest collection. Again very British in design, as we've come to expect and featuring fabrics such as silk velvet and corduroy to keep out those autumnal chills. I fell in love with the hunter green cord jacket and would gladly have exchanged it the one I arrived in and taken it home!

Modelling a check jacket in the comic book changing room

More of the luxurious print shirts and ties

A gorgeous hunter green corduroy blazer, perfect for Autumn

The English Field liberty print shirt from the current range £130

Discussing pattern and style

Delicious patterns
That Dapper Chap discussing menswear

Colourful liberty print Kaylie Sunshine shirt £130

The AW14 range of jackets and blazers

Queue for the zoo Liberty print shirt £130

Hunting style blazer. Another stunning piece from the AW14 collection

The Dragonfly print shirt £150

Talking to store managers 
Just a selection of some of the amazing accessories

Since meeting Simon last year many things have changed; the range of Liberty prints, the increased range of accessories and the introduction of underwear. But I'm sure that even with all of these, Simons proudest moment was winning the Drapers Award for Menswear Brand of The year. 

Well deserved and receiving the recognition that he deserves. With this under his belt I am sure that there are more awards coming his way and I am excited to see whats next for Mr Carter.

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