Margaret Howell Menswear Spring Summer 2014 London
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Margaret Howell Menswear Spring Summer 2014 London

Bringing another serving of her design trademarks in her Wigmore flagship, Margaret Howell’s Spring Summer ‘14 collection was British summer in a bottle. Crisp cotton shirts, gabardine raincoats, light blazers and cream knitted jumpers, all put together with an easy, schoolboy vibe; just add scabbed knees and elbows.

Looking back to her early days as captain of the school hockey team, Howell has drawn inspiration from the uniform and its utilitarian, unfussy functionality. Loose-cut, relaxed shapes with a strong silhouette laid the groundwork of the collection, while charming, boyish details such as untucked shirts with loose ties, neck scarves on tees and unruly socks slipping down the calf. With shirts equipped with roomy pockets and white chino shorts with rolled up hems, these were clothes made for biking trips and walks in the great outdoors. Perfecting and improving her signatures, Howell has produced a collection arresting in its unexcused, clean precision; simple, chic and, most of all, timeless.

- Maria Dimitrova