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Photography & review: Stephen Conway

For AW12, Northampton born James Long was inspired by the geological tones of photographer Edward Burtynsky‘s “Quarries” series, and the boys were looking hot both figuratively and literally.

Shearling was heaped on leather and piled on in thick layers. Chunky knits were the stand out pieces, and more texture in the form of  black velvet worked well alongside the David Lynch soundtrack. Gold embellishment gave off a wonderful autumn glow working well with the warm colour palette. Substantial statement scarves engulfed the models. Coats were a touch defensive, with quilted black leather guarded the arms. Heavy metal accentuated plain shirt collars, putting the devil in the details.

Long collaborated with industrial footwear brand Cat to produce worker-chic suede & patent leather boots. The Cat boots were so covetable they were spotted swinging from the shoulders of almost every model after the show.

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