In Plain Sight | Hardy Amies

Sharp lines, crisp cuts and cool colours; The Rake considers Hardy Amies’ collection for Autumn/Winter ’16, from London Collections Men.

Hardy Amies presented a reassuringly masculine collection for Autumn/Winter '16, the attraction of which lies in the juxtaposition of imposing outerwear, in robust textured alpaca and sumptuous pressed cashmere, against clean-cut suits and separates - all of which blend together through the collection's use of warm, earthy tones. It's a collection for the modern man, which nonetheless retains a subtle sense of classicism - not an easy thing to pull-off.

Not that the house isn't doing itself justice as a serious innovator in the luxury British menswear scene, far from it. A key piece for Autumn/Winter '16 is the fabulous 'cargo suit', with tailored cargo pockets on the trousers, of which a number appeared in anthracite grey twills and earthy mélanges - taking the suit to a suitably modern, functional place, without compromising on its sharpness.

The eveningwear and slightly softer cocktail looks did much the same; from a terracotta dinner jacket with black silk lapel facings and pocket jets, to a distinctive aubergine-come-chocolate brown tonic suit, the warmth of the collection's colour palette feels luxurious, confident and contemporary, an impression which is cemented by the house's signature short, slim cut, which feels supremely cool.

Wearability was the key theme throughout, and suits paired with luxurious fine gauge knitwear and simple accessories lend a restrained, elegant tone to the collection, which adds to its unique appeal. Put simply, those in search of contemporary tailoring at its most polished, with impressive, easy-wearing outerwear to match, look no further.


January 2016


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