Tim Soar, showing for the third time at London Fashion Week, proved his evolutionally qualities as being one of the most serious menswear labels to come out of London in recent years. Opening his SS/10 show, entitled 'Folding Diagrams For A Spread Squash', we saw the designer making a serious move on from his last collection.
Highly technical approaches to fabrics ensured a true sports-lux approach and feel. The footwear was a key element to the aesthetic - a masculine sling-backed lace-up was a brilliant twist for mens footwear. A distant sporty 80's feel flowed through the collection, and with Boy George aptly sitting front row we must applaud the revival of this 80's season seen across many of the LFW shows - with Tim Soar clearly stepping further ahead and leading the way. Jackets and trousers were a focus, outerwear ranged from lightweight rain macs; apart of the collaborative affair with friend and fellow designer Chriostopher Raeburn, to the true Tim Soar inspired waist cropped, waxed-coated cotton styles.
Much pleating and folding of fabric was seen, reflecting his inspiration of the Spread Squash. Shirting was tidy and cleverly constructed with the highest of detail - as expected, Cotton Jersey vests were dotted across the collection in metalics and an impressive Tortoise shell print helping keep the summer structured but light with shorts and short-Suits taking place amongst the smart casual dress code.
The Linda Farrow collaboration of three eyewear styles in Gold, Silver and Jet Black was conceived from the Farrow archives but with additions from Tim, and all showed signs of his origami/folded theme of the collection for perfect summer accessorising.
This collection has once again assured Tim Soar's position as a leading light for London design talent, for which we must stand and salute.