SHOW REPORT | 29/03/2017 | NIK PATEL
BEN SHERMAN A/W '17
Aptly titled Spirit of Mod, Ben Sherman’s A/W 2017 collection merged the idiosyncrasies of 60’s mod fashion with a predominantly military palette and contemporary tailoring. Models took to the runway clad in ever so slightly slim-fitting trousers that sat just above the ankle, beginning with midnight-blue and branching out to toffee-brown, cobalt and ash. Those not dressed in formal leg-wear sported indigo denim, turned up at the cuffs, or a choice of casual trouser in coral, slate, lapis or plum-purple.
The military inspiration of the collection revealed itself, however, in the outerwear. Fitted bomber jackets, in sand and again, coral were accompanied by oversized parkas in moss and admiral-blue. One parka, in particular, epitomised the collection; it was a longline piece, featuring checked patterning in pewter and peach. When coupled with a white polo neck, with a zipped fastening, and the classic mod styling of the model’s hair, this look seemed to embody the iconic Ben Sherman identity, whilst offering a subtle nod to the future of British menswear.
The brand’s standard gingham shirts came each with a unique twist; on one, a pale blue Union Jack emblazoned the chest, whilst, on another, the usual button-up fastening was replaced by zips, and the sleeves and collar were piped with a striking orange, integrating the shirt with the typical styling of a polo-neck.
The collection drew to its close with its formalwear. Up first was a slim-fitting two-piece suit, in monochrome dogtooth, layered over a sleek, black roll-neck knit, offering a more accessible, conservative touch to an otherwise eccentric collection. This was followed by further combinations of light and dark-greys; a double-breasted woollen blazer in smoke-grey came paired with a shirt and tie, and charcoal trousers, also of wool. A two-piece suit of flint, olive and cobalt in the classic Ben Sherman check rounded off the run of outfits, exemplifying the two stand-out traits of the collection; the characteristic cool of mod history, and the brand’s ever-keen eye on the future of menswear.