The English Gentleman At Lords Presented By Savile Row
Lords cricket ground; a ground where dreams are fulfilled and legends made. England’s home of cricket, the gentleman’s sport of choice and, as such, a fitting location for Savile Row to showcase their latest English Gentleman’s SS14 presentation as part of London Collections: MEN (LC:M).
Similar to the AW13 showcase, this event set itself apart from all the other events featured at LC:M. The relaxed atmosphere coupled with the opportunity to see the carefully crafted garments up close and in action made for a show that highlighted the wearable nature of the pieces.
Presenting the modern face of British elegance were the bespoke tailors of Savile Row and The Woolmark Company. The tailoring represented a powerful combination of first class materials and exquisite craftsmanship – a partnership to rival even the greatest of batting partnerships seen within Lords’ hallowed arches.
Meandering through the rooms and terraces of the Lords Pavilion, an array of sharply suited gentleman could be found. In the Long Room, highlights included Hardy Amies’ bespoke tobacco linen double-breasted two-piece suit with white mother of pearl buttons; an Edward Sexton bespoke cream Super 120s wool three-piece “Mick Jagger wedding suit” remake, with shirt and accessories by Emma Willis; a creation by Chittleborough and Morgan in the form of a vintage “Nutters of Savile Row Ltd” bespoke cream double-breasted silk suit; and Chester Barrie’s single-breasted, houndstooth wool three-piece suit with double-breasted vest and flat fronted trousers with turn-ups.
Henry Poole also showcased a bespoke double-breasted herringbone smoking jacket, worn with light grey trousers, whilst Lutwyche sought to show off its wool/silk mix check jacket with wool/silk blend cream trousers.
Moving into the Committee Room, Dege and Skinner put forward a sumptuous bespoke double-breasted two-piece cornflower over-check wool suit. Other notable showings included a Gieves & Hawkes bespoke double-breasted light grey nailhead patch pocket suit, a Henry Poole bespoke fawn check Super 130s wool suit worn with a light blue single-breasted cool wool vest and a Richard James black & white Prince of Wales check Super 150s wool one-button suit with slanted pockets and flat fronted trousers.
Taking a step outside to the Pavilion Benches, with the pristine green of Lords cricket ground unfolding in front of you, an array of blue blazers perched. From navy basket weave wool to navy blazers with white piping to a double-breasted boating coat with antique military buttons, the blazer and flannel trouser choice was vast and electrifying.
The excitement concluded in the only way a spring/summer showing should: pastel tailoring under the English sun. With hats provided by James Lock & Co and sunglasses by Cutler and Gross, the English Gentleman treated us to a cacophony of colours that included a single-breasted pink panama waistcoat (Anderson and Sheppard), a pistachio sports jacket (Edward Sexton), a double-breasted mint cotton jacket with white pearl buttons (Richard Anderson) and pastel mint/pink linen one button suits (Richard James).
As the sun set over the crease in the middle of the green, it was clear to see the tailoring houses have once again cemented their legend status amongst the best in the world.