Margaret Howell continues with exquisitely cut, refined classics


London: Refined classics, exquisitely cut, this was the simple message put forward by Howell’s latest collection, which celebrated – as always – beautiful menswear pieces in their own right. The designer’s signature minimalist styling allowed each item’s beauty to shine through individually – among them came a pair of high-waisted pleated trousers, a boxy linen t-shirt, a crisp revere-collared resort shirt and clean-fronted mackintoshes. It was easy to see the craftsmanship in every piece, which was highlighted further by the use of contrast colour – black and dark denim tops and jackets were paired with stark white trousers, whilst khaki, camel and stone-coloured t-shirts and anoraks lifted black shorts and shirts. Extremely subtle proportion play added newness to the otherwise traditional classics – slightly rounded shoulders, high-waists and boxy tops drove the silhouette. – Laura Yiannakou

Theme: Refined Classics

Key Items: Double and single-breasted mackintosh, Revere-collared resort shirt, Wide-legged shorts, Clean-fronted anorak, High waisted pleated pants, Tux-like blazer

Colour: Black, White, Stone, Camel, Burnt orange, Grey-green, Fudge, Off-white, Khaki green, Navy, Blue-grey

Materials and trim: Cotton twill, Jersey, Cotton shirting, Light wool suiting, Linen, Sports nylon, Medium gauge knits, Raw denim

Print and pattern: Polkadot, Lumberjack check, Horizontal stripe

Accessories and footwear: Silk neckerchiefs, Brogues, Slim leather belts, Silk ties, Active sandals, Sports socks

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