UNCOMMON THREADS: Rising design stars energize London Fashion Week

Bold colors, oversize proportions, pumped-up pattern play, high-tech textiles and literal “deep pockets” ruled the runway at the London Fashion Week Men’s collections in June.

Charles Jeffrey Loverboy showcased whimsical patchwork plaid suits, ‘90s-inspired sportswear and fanciful print-laden shirts and shorts. Christopher Raeburn repurposed Timberland finds from street markets in geometric shapes on hooded jackets imprinted with satellite pictures of the environment and words literally reflecting the brand ethos (reduced, recycled, remade) in capital letters.

Iceberg, the label spearheaded by creative director James Long incorporated pop culture and art references into its collection of stadium jackets, track pants and other streetwear for the brand.

Khalid Al Qasimi’s namesake line concentrated on comfort, with wide-leg pants, sweaters, and jackets in hues of tobacco and burnt orange. Kiko Kostadinov’s take on corporate suiting gives it a distinctively slouchy twist — bringing a whole new meaning to “working it.”

Constructed in 1906, Bently Heritage Estate Distillery’s mill was once home to the Minden Flour Milling Company.
The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a variety of excursions, including a new murder-mystery dinner ride. Photo by David H. Collier
The sisters also created a pair of pink sweats with a satin bow as part of their new clothing line.
After a two-year absence, Smith & Wollensky opened on the Strip and still features drinks with generous hand-pours. Photo by KeyLimePhotography
Bank Atcharawan is known for his expertise on rieslings, whose fruitiness complement Thai dishes. Photo by K.M. Cannon
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David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra provided the evening’s entertainment.
Former Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett, center, chats with attendees and shakes hands with Dave Melroy during the Raiders Foundation’s second “Celebrity Swing” at TopGolf.
American artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner created the sonic kinetic sculpture “Gamelatron Perhiasan Emas di Awn Hitam” or “Golden Jewels in a Black Cloud” for the new John Hardy store at The Forum Shops. Photo by Aaron Taylor Kuffner
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