Hackett London is a brand that celebrates British eccentricity and the art of tailoring, yet also revels in contemporary style. Their new spring/summer 2012 lookbook features a wide variety of looks, all of which fall under the broad theme of the ‘gentleman traveller’. It may therefore seem unsurprising that this would be a great place to look for inspiration if you want to give your holiday wardrobe a touch of class.
For those who plan on heading for the sun but want to stand out from the swathes of shorts and t-shirts, there are plenty of colourful, casually tailored looks at hand. Classics such as blazers, pullovers and deck shoes are mixed up with bright colours and bold patterns that capture a tropical vibrancy and inject the collection with a quirky sense of fun.
To stay sophisticated on a relaxed break, there are several elegant yet casual items in the collection: slim white trousers that produce a sharp silhouette are a menswear staple, whilst polos, pullovers and tailored shorts in a clean colour palette of blue and white provide a crisp, simple background to the bolder patterned pieces. The introduction of traditionally British items – such as boating blazers or cricket jumpers – adds a hint of English eccentricity to the range.
For the modern adventurer, there is a selection of ruggedly tailored looks. Military jackets, desert boots and sturdier materials such as leather and suede are teamed with classic tailoring in earth tones to evoke the image of the explorer.
If the occasion calls for more formal attire, there is a plethora of suiting that blends formal luxury with sharp modern style. Clear, sharp lines give a slim silhouette while bold patterns and individualistic details add a rakish touch.
Overall, the collection’s classic styles and focus on tailoring capture the romance of travel yet update it to fit contemporary trends.