In review: backstage at E.Tautz SS14

Posted on 1st July, by Colin Chapman in Collection review, London Collections: Men, menswear. No Comments

It’s not often I let the pictures do the talking (in fact, I’d argue that menswear currently has way too much much image sharing and not enough good writing), but reviewing these backstage pics from the E.Tautz SS14 show a couple of weeks ago now, I’m struck by the way the images tell the story in their own right.

While focusing on the hair and make up by Toni & Guy and the Vidal Sassoon teams, the photos here also show the build up to the boys getting into their first outfits. I’ve been backstage at an E.Tautz show before and am always impressed by Patrick‘s calm demeanor and confidence (like effortlessly slipping into a media interview minutes before the final walkthrough).

Its easy to miss the subtlety of the styling when you’re seated out front, and the classic head-on press photo does little to help later on. Here its the subtlety of the hair styling I chose to take a closer look at: the braiding, super-sleek partings and marcel-wave fringes.

The details of the clothes also deserve a closer inspection. I love the fact that Patrick always brings daily observations into his work and the way that the Eastern influences here came from real encounters in the capital; the muslim men of Whitechapel in their salwar kameez, a robed Japanese man observed in a London park.

I end with a few of my favourite looks once I’d taken my seat out front: the butterfly prints, rich colours, flowing silk layers and matching slippers by Louboutin made for a very special collection. Enjoy the show.


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