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Inspired by “gloomy shipyards, stormy northern skies and maritime paraphernalia,” the latest vision from our friends across the pond at Topman contained enough oversized coats and densely netted sweaters to warm the bones of the most grizzled sailor.

Keep reading to see a video of the Topman Design Autumn/Winter 2014 fashion show, which took place yesterday at London Collections: Men, opened with prose by a Punk Rock-era poet, and ended with an indoor downpour drenching the models. Good thing they were dressed for the weather.

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When we say there’s more to Fashion Week than fancy clothes—this is exactly what we’re talking about.

With the Fashion Week rotation having turned from New York to London, there’s nothing more quintessentially British than a Burberry show. While it was the photo above, of English nymph Sienna Miller rubbing elbows with Burberry designer Christopher Bailey, that initially drew us to the 150-year-old British brand’s Instagram feed this morning—the shot of American model Arizona Muse, below, is even better. There’s something about a woman in winter clothes that makes it totally bearable that summer is winding down:

…Also not hating this photo of British model Suki Waterhouse (not to be confused with Sookie Stackhouse). Female fashion trends we’re currently (actually, always) into: shearling, aviators, eyebrows:

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Check out this morning’s Burberry women’s show in full on The Thread
and read our previous recap of the Spring ’14 Burberry men’s show.

While Rag & Bone’s English-born designers, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, have described their core aesthetic as a mash-up of British tailoring and New York street, their spring 2014 men’s collection—unveiled earlier this week in London, after years showing in the brand’s home base of NYC—subtly referenced Japan.

This came by way of a geometric twist on traditional sashiko stitching (see detail below), as well as innovative textiles (a Japanese specialty), such as sturdy cottons washed with salt or coated with Teflon. The British designers also collaborated with Caleb Crye of Brooklyn-based military apparel specialist Crye Precision.

In other words, spring has never looked tougher—nor more prepared for rain or shine (even the suits look weather-proof). Check out highlights from Rag & Bone’s Instagram feed below (including the space mere hours before showtime, Neville and Wainwright observing a final run-through, and R&B-branded pretzels), followed by video footage of each look.



 

 

You’ll have to wait a year for this collection to hit shelves. Until then,
SHOP:
RAG & BONE

Were you up at 2pm London time yesterday, to catch Burberry’s spring/summer 2014 men’s show live from London? If not, we can’t blame you—time zones throw us off too. (It aired at 6am where we are.)

In case you missed it, here are some highlights from the collection, its inspiration, stylish show-goers, and Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey, courtesy of Burberry’s official Instagram feed—plus video of the full show below. We enjoyed the classic tailoring (as always), mixed with op-art prints and new ideas on proportion (by now a signature of Bailey’s menswear collections).




 

You’ll have to wait a year for this collection to hit shelves. Until then,
SHOP: BURBERRY PRORSUM | ALL MEN’S BURBERRY

The Clash. Kate Moss. The 6-year-old near the bottom of this post. Brits have always had a way with style, as history and the photos here prove. Precisely who does it better is hard to say; review last week’s post on NYC street style, compare to the batch below (shot by our own Crystal Nicodemus on her recent trip to London Fashion Week), and judge for yourself.



For more models, on- and off-duty, check out The Thread.


shop: boots | jeans | lightweight jackets


shop: overcoats |baseball caps | sneakersshaving



shop: sportcoats | ties | dress shirts | scarves | socks | briefcases | wingtips



shop (clockwise from top left): monk straps | chinos | blazers | varsity jackets
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Coordinating with your sig other takes courage. These two succeed where countless celeb couples have failed.
shop his look: t-shirts | beanies | lightweight jackets


Even the kids in England are sharp dressers. [shop kids' clothes]


…The same kid, ten years later?
shop: leather jackets | t-shirts | bracelets

 

 

[Photos by Crystal Nicodemus. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

What you’ve just watched is models (from left) Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Rosie Tapner doing their best to entertain themselves (and the rest of us) while they wait around to walk the Topshop runway at London Fashion Week a few days ago.

They happen to be doing their own version of a slightly obnoxious internet fad—the details and origin of which are not really of concern. You can watch more examples here, but trust us: The British bombshells’ rendition above is the only one worth your 30 seconds on a busy Thursday like today.

If you do have more than half a minute to spare, try Topshop’s YouTube channel, where you can delight in said models’ fetching English accents—or check out the photo-shoot bloopers we posted last week, for further depictions of beautiful women acting irresistibly absurd.

 

SHOP: TOPSHOP | TOPMAN
 
 

[Video courtesy of Topshop on YouTube, via GQ.com. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

In case you missed it this morning (we can’t blame you—it streamed live online at noon London time, which is 4am where we are), here’s the very latest from our favorite British import, Topman.

Consider these slightly exaggerated looks as the Topman team’s living, breathing mood board; more an artful expression of where the brand is headed for Autumn/Winter 2013 than a literal preview of the pieces we’ll have in store. Basic translation: Expect an Alpine-explorer vibe influencing rugged outerwear, textured sweaters, next-gen rucksacks, and relaxed trousers signaling a break from all skinny jeans all the time. Also conspicuous: Topman’s signature prints giving way to head-to-toe monochrome—which, in a way, is even more striking. A few favorite looks:


You’ll have to wait the better part of a year to see how these ideas trickle down to the collection we carry online and in selected Nordstrom stores–but for the time being, check out past Topman posts and browse the current collection:

SHOP TOPMAN

Here’s the second installment of street-style pics our photographer sent home from London Fashion Week. (In case you missed it, check out Part 1.)












 

[Photos by Crystal Nicodemus.]

These days, Fashion Week is as much about what happens on the street outside the shows as it is about the runways.

We snagged some NYC girl-watching shots from our sister blog recently (See previous posts: Women of New York Fashion Week Part 1 and Part 2), but now it’s the guys’ turn. Our very own street-shooter Crystal sent home a care package of killer pics from her recent trip to the UK for London Fashion Week. Here’s a first-hand look at the current state of Anglo-Saxon swagger:









 

[Photos by Crystal Nicodemus.]

Watch Burberry’s Spring 2013 runway show LIVE, Monday morning, 9/17 at 11am Eastern (8am Pacific)—right here on Nordstrom.com.

If recent shows are any evidence, Burberry designer Christopher Bailey might include a few killer menswear looks in tomorrow’s womenswear show.

But even if he doesn’t, tune in for the inventive mix of textures, creative subversions on Burberry’s 150-year heritage—and gorgeous models with British accents—that have become the trademarks of Bailey’s shows (like Fall 2012, seen here).

[UPDATE: The show is now live. CLICK HERE to watch it now.]


 

[Photos courtesy of Burberry.]