Simon Spurr

New York: For Simon Spurr’s fourth runway season, the British-born designer turned to his homeland for inspiration, citing a “new interpretation of elegance” as the benchmark of his S/S 12 collection. He conveyed the idea that the well-dressed man can shape-shift between city life and country living, and look completely refined in either place. Spurr stuck with the sharp tailoring for which he’s known, but integrated into them daring patterns and offbeat design details. The errant stripes and sharp angles were in reference to British Naval “Dazzle” camouflage, used as a diversionary tactic in World War I. The collection’s turn through the English countryside was expressed with models sporting calf high black leather boots, pieced woven shirts and belted field jackets. Spurr continues to be one of the most influential designers on the New York runways, as he consistently finds a balance between sophistication and innovation.  —Michael Fisher

Silhouette: Sharp and classic

Color: Black / Grey / Khaki / Navy / Olive / Lilac / Magenta/ Burgundy

Key Items: Hybrid outerwear / Three-piece suits / Allover print shirts / Leather moto jackets / Fine gauge sweaters / Double-breasted jackets / Field jackets / Mesh knits

Materials: Cotton / Leather bonded with cork / Mesh / Worsted wool

Details + Trim: Flat quilted surfaces / Pieced construction / Color-blocking / Contrast piping and tipping / Flat epaulets / Fabric bonding / Contrast collars on shirts / Utility pockets

Accessories + Footwear: Luis Morais jewelry (gold tassel necklace, woven leather bands with yellow-gold hardware bracelets) / Clean side-zip boot

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