Oliver Spencer AW18
Whilst his peers may be concentrating on ath-leisure and another pair of premium joggers, Oliver Spencer remains steadfastly focused on creating clothes that men can wear (and will want to wear) all year round.
For autumn, Spencer looked to the Seventies, specifically to Bryan Ferry and nostalgic dandyism. The nods were subtle though - there were no ruff collar shirts and platform shoes, instead there was slimming tailoring, velvet and corduroy, both featuring heavily on catwalks as a major story for next season.
It is the subtlety that is the key to the Oliver Spencer’s continued success and the reason why so many of the famous front row continue to sport his designs. Where some designers think Seventies means a modern day Studio 54, Spencer understands that to succeed as a brand in the twenty first century, all of the pieces need to be rooted with wearability. A bomber jacket, pea coat, great pair of trousers that are desirable whatever your age all featured within the collection. Matching pieces have become something of a Spencer trademark and appeared again, this time in dark grey check. Light trousers with dark navy tops made for a refreshing look for autumn days but it was a dark mustard safari jacket, and the double breasted velvet jacket spotted by Harvey Newton Hayden in the closing look from the show that created a real lasting impression.
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