The final presentation for day 1 of menswear was held at the Felicities PR showroom and proved popular with press and buyers alike with some of London hottest menswear boutiques in attendance. Clever cutter, Stefan, talked me through the Orschel Read collection that focussed on tailoring with innovative detailing that included creating a suit jacket collar out of a pleat so that each front jacket panel was cut in one continue piece. Jackets had great back seam detailing and Stefan really is a master of his craft. The key he told me was to create exciting and creative details without making something unwearable, it is a particular difficult task in menswear yet the Orschel Read brand does it with ease. There were again smart city shorts (as seen across several shows today) and soft knits to give the collection a softer, casual separates option. Colours melted from striking Mulberry hues (I was particularly taken with a dip dyed coat) to bold turquoise and softer neutral tones of grey and mint.
A striking, bold and well crafted collection that will surely gain Stefan the attention he deserves.
- words by Rivkie Baum
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