Smartened-up utility at Margaret Howell
By Volker Ketteniss

A lightness of touch that came through in both the sharp silhouettes and fine tailoring fabrics lent this collection a crispness slightly at odds …

Jan 11, 2015
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A lightness of touch that came through in both the sharp silhouettes and fine tailoring fabrics lent this collection a crispness slightly at odds with the usual heavy duty focus on utility favourites at Margaret Howell, emphasising a new, relaxed take on more formal menswear classics instead. Smart casual suiting is something the brand excels at and this season was no exception, with signature boxy blazers and cropped tapered or wide-leg trousers proving as timeless and versatile as ever. Other strengths like knits and outerwear also lived up to expectations, from fine-gauge polo-neck sweaters to double-breasted shearling coats, and again the feel was slightly more refined and less rugged. The clever balance of function and smartness here ensured that long-term clients and newcomers alike would have plenty to get excited about. – Ben Perdue

Theme: Smartened-up utility

Key items: Boxy single-breasted blazer / 3-button blazer / Cropped tapered-leg trousers / Wide-leg trousers / Relaxed raincoat / Slim overcoat / Cropped pea coat / Double-breasted shearling coat / Simple duffel coat / Polo-neck sweater / Argyle golf jumper / Cable knit sweater / Work shirt

Colour: Black / Grey / White / Navy blue / Khaki / Olive green / Beige / Ginger

Print & pattern: Argyle

Materials & knits: Shearling / Wool blends / Linen / Lambswool / Harris Tweed / Bonded wool / Cotton twill / Canvas / Corduroy

Footwear: Leather derby shoes / Leather work boots

Accessories: Knitted scarf / Nylon backpack / Canvas holdall / Leather belts

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