In a marked departure from last season’s futurist feel, head of design Darren Barrowcliff took Hardy Amies back to its roots for a lesson in quiet Savile Row elegance.
The AW16 presentation, held in the polished surrounds of the Mayfair Arts Club, showcased a mix of masculine tailoring with a slightly casual spin that the inimitable Mr Amies himself would have been proud to don.
Highlights included a belted alpaca car coat in a cognac herringbone cloth and a charcoal double-breasted checked two-piece. Black tie dressing was given a modern revamp with a dinner suit jacket crafted in cognac cashmere – a refreshing alternative to traditional black.
Colours and patterns were low-key and timeless – navy, black and charcoal accompanied earthier shades of camel, cognac and soft mink. A dash of salt and pepper, check and herringbone were thrown in for good measure. Fabrics had an unashamed plushness with premiums wools, cashmere and alpaca cloths all part of the assortment.
A discreet hint of utility detail was provided in the form of cargo pockets sewn onto wool trousers, whilst fine-wale cord slacks and ribbed wool beanies added a nonchalant touch.
It was a thoroughly British selection that felt appropriate to the way men dress now – both refined and enduring, with a practical ability to dress up or down for any occasion.
Posted by Ayrton Reeves and photos from Hardy Amies.