I’ve had Margaret Howell tailoring on the brain, after spotting a version of the above image on my favourite editorial throwback Instagram account, @Magazine_Fan. It’s a UK Vogue shot of Jeny Howorth by Peter Lindbergh from 1986, featuring a double-breasted jacket with structured power shoulders. Interestingly, thanks to the small houndstooth check and subtle colour scheme, it hasn’t aged too badly.
Thirty-ish years later, Margaret Howell is still turning out excellent suiting for women that never looks corporate. Here’s her AW17 collection, shot by Alasdair McLellan featuring Kim Noorda. I like the mix of Prince of Wales check with shirting stripes, softened by the sweater. As in the Margaret Howell AW17 show, socks, trainers and too-short trousers give this collection a fashion edge, but take away the styling and you have beautiful, always-relevant clothes…
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Alasdair McLellan for Margaret Howell AW17
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