Spring Has Sprung at Mr Porter
Spring officially starts today and the MR PORTER SS12 party I was at last night couldn’t have been better timed.To celebrate the launch of several new brands at the site, and a fresh ‘n’ funky summer essentials collection, a select group of industry types and fashion bloggers (we spied Simon Glazin, Nick Bain and Alexxsia from My Labyrinth to name but three) gathered in the hip Soho basement venue, Mark’s Bar, for cocktails and canapés.
An “apothecary bar” gives quirky Mark’s a New York-style atmosphere – and with a traditional bar billiards table, luxurious leather sofas and a curious cocktail list (we sipped a rum-based chocolate orange concoction and something very musky involving sherry and stout!), it was a good fit for the relaxed fabrics, bold prints and causal cuts of MR PORTER’s SS12 offerings. And – unlike most fashion industry shindigs, where the focus is firmly on the girls – it was refreshing to be in the company of so many sharp-dressed men.
Four rails were on display for the cocktail-quaffing guests to have a peep at; classic wardrobe staples; summer essentials; funky, fresh prints; and selected pieces from new designers at the site including Beams+ from Tokyo and Boglioli from Gambara. It’s hard to pick out the highlights as the carefully picked pieces in the bar were all pretty special, but I did have a soft spot for Carven’s debut menswear collection, Rag & Bone’s Hawaiian print shirt, Orlebar B—-rown’s geometric swim shorts with matching (reversible) jackets and Burberry Prorsum’s must-have Ikat patterned trousers (wonder if I can convince my other half to give those a whirl…?)
If spring fever is taking hold of you too, shop the SS12 MR PORTER collection right now at Style Compare…
MR PORTER SS12 Essentials
Shop the Look (L-R): Our legacy washed cotton twill trousers £125, Kolor double breasted knitted cotton blend cardigan £820, Oliver Peoples MP-2 filigree metal & acetate sunglasses £315, Carven round collar striped cotton shirt £160, Jil Sander tasselled suede loafers £465
MR PORTER SS12 Bold ‘n’ Funky
Shop the Look (L-R): Beams+ New Casco Bay bomber jacket £295, Rag & Bone Hawaiian print short sleeved shirt £130, Jean Machine slim fit cotton twill chinos £135, Lanvin leather and suede boat shoes £370