London Fashion Week: James Long autumn/winter 2010/11 collection

Style : James Long was the last of the Topman sponsored NEWGENMEN designers to show, and as they say, they save the best until last.

Entitled 'Boiler Room Boys' the collection oozed the deep, dark sexuality of bionic guys hanging around boiler rooms and dark corridors which took influence from the homoerotic photographer Bruce Labruce amongst others. However, it was the consistent footwear of Dr. Martens in this offering that gave this inspiration an extra kick.

Hard materials such as leather featured heavily in moody ink blue, detailed with textured stripes and mixed fabric leather bombers with a fur front and hood trim. Other outerwear included a frock coat - teamed with vibrant red leather waistcoat with ink blue trousers – and a mohair oversized long jacket.

Texture and size was the focal point for the collection, with corduroy and soft chunky kits teamed with baggy boiler suits that, as Long predicts, will gain cult status and become the seasons must have. Lengthened and voluminous coats and trousers gave a strong nod to this ideal.

Detailing, such as ribbons intertwined on the soft wool kit jumpers and the Ethan Cook collaborated print on t-shirts, bags, jackets and linings, gave the collection extra substance and style that will be another in-the-know detail to watch out for in the coming season.

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