The façade of the Gieves & Hawkes house is one that
signifies both the height of sartorial elegance and the spirit of
British adventure. Formerly occupied by the Royal Geographical
Society, No1 Savile Row has been the home of pioneering,
exploration and the British cultural history it inspired for more
than 200 years so it should come as no surprise that this season,
Gieves & Hawkes have drawn upon this important history to
inform their Spring/Summer aesthetic.
In the 19th century, both Gieves and Hawkes were prominent
outfitters to some of the Royal Geographical Society’s most
revolutionary adventurers and botanists. This season, creative
director John Harrison has taken cues from this part of the house’s
history, reimagining the lifestyles and discoveries of Britain’s
most famous explorers in flora, fauna and soft, sweeping
silhouettes. The resulting collection is one of luxurious design,
sophisticated, semi-structured jackets and saturated tropical tones
that mix elegant looks with sharp functionality.
Inherent in the collection is a very British sense of adventure,
with archive prints referencing botanical illustrations from
19th-century explorer journals running throughout. The madras check
shawl historically tied around explorers’ pith helmets is revived
in breezy linen and silk, and this season’s outerwear features the
more technical construction used in the Autumn / Winter 18
raincoats – updated in relaxed, lighter fabrics and bold, refined
tones. Pieces such as the jungle green raincoat and the stone
safari jacket – cut from Loro Piana ‘Storm System’ linen – are
bonded in water-resistant coating, and designed to layer perfectly
over lightweight suits in less tropical, British climates.
The design team has maintained
the house’s signature cut while adapting the structure of its
tailored offerings to be as light and comfortable as possible.
Jackets feature a semi-unstructured, half-canvassed construction
and lightweight shoulder pads. The result is a variety of sleek
suits and separates with a contemporary British look, which are
surprisingly soft and easy to wear.
Superfine textured linen shirts
and lightweight knitwear dominate the collection’s casual wear –
ideal for lazy summer afternoons in the country. Warm sand, bold
khaki, navy and powder blue make frequent appearances throughout
the collection, colouring everything from formal wear to casual
chinos. Cut in slim fit, classic fit, or a five-pocket style, the
range of garment-dyed chinos offers a sophisticated, versatile
summer option for the modern man.