“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them”
The first man to stage a men’s ready-to-wear catwalk show and accompany the models with music was once again the inspiration for this years London Collections: MEN. Under the watchful guise of Creative Director Claire Malcolm, Hardy Amies’ AW13 collection drew stimulus from high society Britain in the 1930s by combining traditional tailoring craftsmanship with a modern aesthetic.
Developed in British mills, the ‘Bauhaus check’ took centre stage in Amies’ modern tailored marvel. With sharp silhouettes created by three-piece suits, the profile of a perfectly tailored gentleman worked its way down No. 14 Savile Row with devastating success.
Malcolm introduced a modern twist by combining a double bonded and quilted chestnut leather bomber jacket with ‘Bauhaus check’ trousers and a striking pony skin holdall; the latter created in collaboration with English leather goods company Cherchbi.
Progressing from the greys and charcoals of last year’s collection, an exciting use of seasonal colours: blues, reds and browns in ‘Bauhaus check’ offered a captivating alternative and stood out among the pack.
Merino wool roll neck sweaters and mohair Prince of Wales cable knits, all inspired by Hardy Amies’ heritage knitwear, provided the casual element to the beautifully tailored suiting on show.
The finishing touches within the collection came in the form of shoes and accessories. Full-grained leather loafers and boots with contrast uppers were reminiscent of the sporran-kilted scenes with the Royals at Balmoral in the 1930s. Whilst the ultra modern, flexible and lightweight sunglasses – in black, steel or petrol blue – provided both a minimal and functional finish to an already awe-inspiring look.
In true Hardy Amies fashion, this was an intelligent use of heritage, combined with a contemporary twist. Wearable, tailored and stylish, just what every gentleman should aim for.