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In Pictures: London menswear shows

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Models are seen backstage during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
Models are seen backstage during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model is seen backstage during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model is seen backstage during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Models walk the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Models walk the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model is seen backstage during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the Topman Design show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the Topman Design show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the Topman Design show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the Topman Design show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
A model appears on the catwalk at the Richard Nicoll Autumn/Winter collection show at the Old Sorting Office, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 7, 2013. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Sarah Ann Macklin attends the Tommy Hilfiger & Esquire event as part of the London Collections: MEN AW13 at Zetter Townhouse at on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the Richard Nicoll show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: A model on the catwalk during the Hackett London show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at St Paul's Cathedral on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: A model on the catwalk during the Hackett London show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at St Paul's Cathedral on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Models walk the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Models walk the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Models walk the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: A model walks the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Models walks the catwalk during the MAN show at the London Collections: MEN AW13 at The Old Sorting Office on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
Daisy Lowe arrives at the Tommy Hilfiger and Esquire party, celebrating the second London Collections:Men at the Zetter Townhouse in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday 7 January, 2013. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Kimberley Wyatt arrives at the Tommy Hilfiger and Esquire party, celebrating the second London Collections:Men at the Zetter Townhouse in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday 7 January, 2013. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Sarah Ann Macklin arrives at the Tommy Hilfiger and Esquire party, celebrating the second London Collections:Men at the Zetter Townhouse in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday 7 January, 2013. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Zara Martin arrives at the Tommy Hilfiger and Esquire party, celebrating the second London Collections:Men at the Zetter Townhouse in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday 7 January, 2013. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Richard Nicoll appears on the catwalk following his Autumn/Winter collection show at the Old Sorting Office, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 7, 2013. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The first day of menswear shows in London threw up an unlikely must-have for autumn 2013: the hiking boot.

The sturdy lace-up style featured at several shows yesterday, most prominently at Topman Design, the high street brand's upmarket catwalk collection. They were trimmed with gold leather and suede, complementing cropped parkas and double-breasted suits in white, orange and oxblood that referenced the gentleman explorers of the early 20th century. Pleat-fronted Oxford bags in drill and waxed cotton were tucked into thick hiking socks, and oversized rucksacks dripped blinged-up compasses and orienteering kit.

The theme was also developed at Bally as the Italian leather goods company this year marks 60 years since it created the reindeer-lined boots that Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay wore to climb Mount Everest in 1953.

The label's new range included modern updates of the classic "Tourist" and "Winner" models, originally designed for skiing but more likely to be seen pounding the pavements come September.

Chunky eyelet boots stomped down the catwalk at Lou Dalton's show, too, as part of a collaboration between the up-and-coming London talent and distinguished British cobblers Grenson, although the original "monkey boot" had been streamlined for a more office-friendly look.

Boilersuits added a utilitarian feel, and Dalton was even brave enough to resurrect the dreaded cargo pant in accordance with her signature slim-fitting cropped trouser cut.

Elsewhere, designers looked to the classic English gent, with ex-McQueen pattern-cutters Agi & Sam, part of Fashion East's MAN mentoring scheme. They showed glen plaid puffas and lozenge print trousers, reworked in bright green and coral, as well as hooded Beagle-print dressing gown coats inspired by the eccentric Marquess of Bath.

The capital's current enfants terribles Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff also chose to subvert tradition, presenting shrunken waistcoats, paper-bag waist trousers and pseudo-Edwardian knickerbocker shorts on models with flaxen locks and Alice bands, who posed among apocalyptics heaps of rubbish bags.

The shows continue today with the highly anticipated return of the Alexander McQueen men's line to home turf.

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