23 June 2016

MR PORTER Summer Social

You haven't truly experienced a summer in London until you escape to a rooftop party. Hidden in plain sight, storeys above the hustle and bustle of the streets below, drinking in views of the surrounding cityscape as much as the cold refreshment in your hand... It helps, of course, if the infamously indecisive British weather doesn't hijack the party with an untimely shower. Alas, guests of the MR PORTER Summer Social were not so fortunate, but when celebrating the end of yet another exciting London Collections: Men, nobody's spirits could possibly be dampened - even if their suits wore the odd spatter.

MR PORTER Summer Social

Hosted on the private roof terrace of the Ham Yard Hotel, the MR PORTER Summer Social was served with a cornucopia of cocktails, canap├ęs and classy individuals. As mellow music drifted in between the chatter, plentiful helpings of gelato were spooned to sweet-toothed guests from MR PORTER's personalised ice-cream cart. It was the perfect moment for the LC:M collective to let their hair down (figuratively speaking), after a busy four days of menswear shows and after-parties.

Prior to Graduate Fashion Week earlier this month, I hadn't been particularly visible on the fashion week circuit for the greater part of a year. Adapting to a new life between Surrey and London was destined to impede on my day-to-day blogging. This summer, however, I feel I'm in a much better place to be more involved in the fashion scene and with my fellow fashion bloggers, as much - if not more so - as during my university years. It felt a joy to be shooting photos and mingling with familiar faces on a London rooftop, all the while sipping generously on a delicious "Don Porter" cocktail, mixed exclusively for the Summer Social by Don Papa Rum. I was having such an enjoyable evening, in fact, that I forgot about a fashion show I had been meaning to attend.

When time did come to head on home, MR PORTER made sure their party guests didn't disappear without a few souvenirs. While one shouldn't judge a party by its gift bags, MR PORTER lived up to their reputation. Alongside a custom leather bracelet made for me by Miami accessories label Miansai, there was a beautiful Drake's pocket square, a bottle of the Don Papa Rum I had sampled earlier that evening, and a pair of tailored swim shorts from beachwear brand Frescobol Carioca. All sure signs of a very stylish summer.

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