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Richard James | Autumn Winter 2014 - 2015 | Lookbook

Autumn Winter 2014 - 2015

Autumn Winter 2014 - 2015

"The brave, unbridled new world of British street style."

Our Autumn/Winter’14 collection salutes the New Edwardians and the dawn of the dandy, the sharp-edged, highly stylised ‘50s explosion of self expression that shocked a nation and unleashed the brave, unbridled new world of British street style.

Proud and provocative, the New Edwardians took their slick, sculpted look from the immaculate officer class and their tailors of late ‘40s Savile Row and made it their own with a streak of urban attitude and piercing splashes of peacock colour. Suits were cut lean and trousers teasingly tight.

The irresistible influence of the rampant, renegade rockers across the Atlantic with their tough, pared-back look and merciless mien added a tough, underlying element of dark menace.

This is a distinct, cleanly defined collection with dark and deep base colours of chocolate brown, coffee, dark khaki and burgundy seamlessly spanning tailoring, knitwear and casual wear.

Clean accents of golden yellows, teals and blues give fresh focal points.

A strong, clear sense of British heritage – discernible in the materials, clean cut and intrinsic character - resonates throughout.

Fabrics and suitings are warm and reassuringly soft and include beautiful wools, thick, durable bouclé and meltons and deceptively light, exquisitely woven West of England flannels. Classic all-weather Harris tweed – the original performance fabric – features prominently.

The slim, part-lined Seishin jacket has a new, softer, more natural shoulder and appears in both its classic form and a longer, gently draping style to be worn as an elegant top coat. An unstructured and unlined but pinpoint-cut Nehru jacket with epaulettes adds a steely touch of military discipline.

Join us in paying homage to the striking, sharply-honed street-smart strut of the New Edwardians.