SHOW REPORT | 16/01/2017 | TAJINDER HAYER
CHESTER BARRIE A/W '17
Amidst the black joggers, bucket hats and baggy denim that we saw at fashion week it was a pleasure to see that there is still some sense of sophistication at LFWM. This came courtesy of Chester Barrie and their lovely presentation of AW17 in the decadent surroundings of Smith & Wollensky.
The collection, created by the incredible Mr. Chris Modoo, seamlessly blended together opulence, elegance and sophistication in a thoroughly modern twenty first century way. Designed for a man that knows style and the value of what it means to dress well, colour and texture were very much at the forefront. Urban tweeds were offered in petrol blue, russet and moss green as well as more classic hues. Checks and tartans were an option for the bolder gent, although the standout piece for us was a camel blazer – a stunningly modern inerpreation of a classic and a piece that will no doubt be imitated to death on the high street come September. Camel was also the shade that was behind one of the best coats seen through LFWM – a cashmere change coat with faux fur collars and lapels, elegantly draped across the shoulders of Andrew Bird.
With an absence of suiting this season, it was only right that Chester Barrie stepped up to bring back some gravitas to suit wearing. English and Italian cloths featured through, substantial but soft, with the texture of tweed and Prince of Wales checks adding distinction. A well structured suit is a beautiful thing and the Chester Barrie suit are strong of shoulder and sculpted at the chest to create an almost Adonis like shape. The unstructured tailoring moulds to the body without restricting movement, leaving you the suit wearer, comfortable, flattered and enhanced. A number of these suits (five in fact) were available immediately after the show to order, either online or in the Savile Row store (with a super quick four week turn around),
A contemporary sophistication was also evident in the occasion wear. Tuxedos and smoking jackets were realised in velvet chocolate, navy and black with Forties style shawl collars in complementary tones. Designed with the red carpet in mind, these are pieces that any number of the VIP guests (Eric Rutherford, Hu Bing, Tom Daley, Johannes Huebl, Craig McGinlay and Paul Sculfor to name just a few) will all look dashing in the very near future.