Monsieur Robot – James Long AW 12/13

James Long is always a favourite of mine at LFW, and never more so than for the Autumn Winter collections. He has a penchant for shiny trousers and an innate skill to make knitwear look both luxurious and edgy. 

The distressed, deconstructed knit is a trademark of Long’s but this season he seemed to take it further than ever before. There’s an early Vivienne Westwood punk aesthetic to these pieces, which is right up my street, but at the same time it’s a sophisticated take on that technique. 

The shiny red trousers deserve a special mention, not just because I love shiny things but mostly because there’s a Buffy vibe to them. Now that’s a style I can really get behind. Yeah I’m a Buffy nerd, what of it? 

The key pieces were gorgeous oversized scarves, shearling collars, quilted leather and belts over coats (seen at Topman Design too). It was all rendered in a beautiful autumnal palette with gold accents and some fine knit twin sets. One of those rare collections that makes you consider running onto the catwalk and mugging the model for it. I didn’t mug anyone but I certainly thought about it. Plus Buffy trousers FTW.