Topman LENS AW10: A High-street/High-end Triumph.

September 16, 2010
While it’s no secret that high-street has always constituted the majority of my wardrobe, it’s often I lament the fact that I can’t purchase even a fraction of the brands under the control of some of my favourite menswear luminaries. I mean, yes, I could save, but aside from forgoing food and gaining some virtuous level of patience, it’s just not feasible right now.
But does it matter? Well, yeah, but with so many accessible price-point labels and stores collaborating with some high calibre designers, it’s never been easier to get in on the action without having to go without. ASOS has just launched the highly anticipated ASOS Black collection which fuses the appeal of good tailoring with fashion-forward (*cringe* someone please invent a less clichéd, but still appropriate adjective…) design, and just today another edition of LENS has gone live on Topman for AW10.
Following its inception several seasons ago, LENS has grown from a collaboration with then little-known designers to an astounding curation of some of London’s foremost menswear designers’ product. This season features London menswear fixtures Carolyn Massey, and JW Anderson, as well as the Aussie (with English and Danish roots) regular, Mjolk, long-time collaborator, Dexter Wong, and Finnish knits-heavy label from Marjut Uotila, Dusty. Tempting as it was to overload this post with a shot of every salivation-inducing piece, I’ve managed to narrow it down to what I’ll be adding to my own wishlist…
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^ Carolyn Massey Cord Pocket Shirt (£50) and Carolyn Massey Morning Coat (£120)

^ Dexter Wong Lapolo (£40) and Dexter Wong Bib Detail Jeans (£80)

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^ Dusty Knit Strap Cardigan (£70)

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^ JW Anderson Minimal Shawl (£70)
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^ Mjolk Knit Shawl Collar Cardigan (£80)
For more on LENS, read about my AW09 purchase, and the incredible SS10 collaborations.
  • Mat September 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    there's some really great wearable pieces this season, love the CM shirt and yeah i do actually like those trousers, usually things like that are a bit too combaty for me but they're nice on the eye!congrats for the speed of the post

  • riz September 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks for visiting Cilian! Good to be back in touch. The site isn't yet up to par with yours, I have to say 🙂 but I am doing okay. Let's link up again…and get in touch via my contact info if you want…riz

  • Stephen September 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Knew, knew you'd feature that CM check shirt if you did a feature on LENS. -Stephen