LC:M – Hardy Amies Autumn Winter 2015

By Rashpal Amrit Sunday 25th Jan, 2015

The Dapper Chapper was delighted to attend the star-studied catwalk show for Hardy Amies latest Autumn Winter collection. Considered one of our highlights at LC:M, combining contemporary style and Saville Row craftsmanship with a new perspective. Mount Snowdon acts as the source of inspiration for the latest collection. Creative Director, Mehmet Ali, also points reference to artist J. M. W. Turner’s Mount Snowdon ‘Afterglow’ from 1798 and poet William Wordsworth’s ‘Snowdon’ from 1850.

Mehmet Ali, Creative Director, explains, ‘Wordsworth’s poem is a story about a battle between ‘man’ and ‘the mountain’. This combined with a more literal colour study of Turner’s palette, formed the beginning of my own story about Mount Snowdon: a modern man’s ascent of the mountain.’

This small adventure,

In that wild place and at the dead of night,

On we wound,

With forehead bent Earthward,

As in opposition set against an enemy,

With eager pace, and no less eager thoughts.

‘Snowdon’ by W.Wordsworth

The essence of Hardy Amies lies in contemporary tailoring; this season has been reimagined in Turner’s hues of dark conifer, mottled terracotta and clay blue. Throughout the collection there are great details such as the mountaineering ‘tube rope’ commonly used by climbers, in one instance has been reimagined in printed flannel suiting as a graphic woven pattern. The functional aesthetic is offset with softer boucle wool highlights, reminiscent of the Snowdonian landscape. Seasonal colours are continued throughout the boucle wool tailoring, with highlights including a checked terracotta single-breasted suit. A fur hooded expedition parka in grey boucle wool continues the Hardy Amies made in the UK initiative, standing out with it’s Turner inspired central golden degrade detail.

Tailoring stand-out pieces include Mehmet Ali’s signature take on contemporary eveningwear. Offering a jacquard silk jacket in the traditional house palette of French navy with undertones of grey. Other key pieces include an exciting new collaboration with renowned shoe manufacturer Tricker’s. Mountain boots and mountain brogues are complimented by classics in seasonal hues. Velvet slippers can be seen in the rich conifer tone and brogues in a clay blue. Lastly, duffle bags, backpacks and rucksacks feature heavily throughout, pulling the Mount Snowdon theme together.

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