London Fashion Week: Margaret Howell SS22

Alas, no Margaret Howell SS22 show this LFW season so a showroom visit had to suffice. No great hardship there though, as the showroom is situated at the back of the beautiful Wigmore Street store. I averted my eyes from new season Shetland knits and cotton khakis to focus attention on the new collection. Recent seasons have seen Howell embracing slightly more adventurous proportions and styling cues, as well as more ‘editorial’-style photography. I love it. My top 5 takeaways…

Athletic pieces that take influence from retro gym styling and fabrications. Particularly the dry loopback sweats that can only improve with age

The Mackintosh short rubberised anoraks with oversized welt pockets. I love Mackintosh’s own outerwear, but these are a looser silhouette that allows for more layers to be worn underneath, an important consideration for our cold, damp spring season

Margaret Howell’s silk twill neckerchiefs are the stuff of legend. This season there’s a new twist – literally – in how they’re styled. YouTube tutorial needed…

The best edit yet of SLGs (small leather goods); sturdy leather key holders, boxy camera bags and the most perfect trouser belts you’ll ever find. Plus, you’re nobody if you haven’t included a leather neck pouch or five in your collection.

Utilitarian knits are a Margaret Howell mainstay. These are rugged and romantic with colours inspired by the natural UK landscape.

Margaret Howell SS22

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SS22 menswear: Go to the nightclub with silk shirts on

Wales Bonner men ss22

The joy revolution that started to emerge during the SS21 collections last September is fully showing up for SS22. The most prominent menswear shows have been the ones with a message of optimistic hedonism expressed through colour, music and a throwback to rave culture.

For example I loved Dries van Noten’s Primal Scream soundtrack serenading us through the streets of Antwerp, with the lyrics of Loaded encouraging us to “be free to do what we wanna do!” Van Noten expressed the mood of his design team as “clothes to go and have fun in. Just enjoy things. Go to the night club with silk shirts on.” The shirts were the big highlight; big in every sense, printed with artwork by Rubens and Breughel, as well as photomontages depicting Antwerp city scenes, teamed with loud sunglasses and washed silk outerwear (more…)