Chester Barrie SS14 Review
As the sun set on the spring/summer showing at London Collections: MEN we were treated to one final flurry of flamboyant styling, sculpted silhouettes and strong shoulder lines; it was time for Savile Row’s Chester Barrie SS14 collection.
With a plentiful palette of colours this determinedly upbeat collection was bursting with vibrant blue, apple green, lipstick pink and fizzy orange – bringing a new dimension to the sunshine season.
The mood of the collection was noticeably reminiscent of the 1980s with its Bengal-striped shirts, silk mix jackets and brightly coloured knits.
As you would expect from a Savile Row resident, the aesthetic of Chester Barrie’s SS14 collection is both masculine and refined. Housing a tailoring range of meticulously crafted suits and feather-light jackets for the warm summer months, there is a modern yet luxurious feel to the range. Lapels remain slightly wide and curved, waists are fitted whilst the fabrics are crisp and dry. The introduction of bright stripes and new block-colours also gave the suiting on show a fresher feel.
However, the assortment of jackets is where Chester Barrie really excelled. With spring/summer being the season where mixing fabrics and items of clothing showcases your own personal sense of creativity, the brand have developed a range of luxurious outerwear with that in mind. A perfect example presented itself in the form of a lightweight wool jacket in a French blue colour way, complete with white buttons, which was tailored for that fresh, nautical-inspired summer look.
Despite its Savile Row residency, Chester Barrie proved that it wasn’t all just beautiful tailoring and classic business wear. From raspberry and lemon linen shirts through to golfing and paddock jackets, this season saw the introduction of the Chester Barrie Blue range – a capsule collection of more casual pieces that demonstrates that it’s not all work and no play when wearing it the Chester Barrie way.