British Modernism felt like love taking over from the instant the first designs of Simon Spurr’s 2012 Autumn/Winter Collection graced the runway and grew right until the lights faded on the runway. The inspiration was born from the smart mood emblazoned by Robert Frank’s photographs of London and a 1960’s aesthetic that was vivid, timeless and rebellious. I entered a room buzzing with chatter from the fabulous and the celebrity of Joe Jonas, Kellan Lutz, Brad Goreski, Matthew Rhys, Andy Cohen, Roberto Verdi and Erin Fetherston to name a few. As the anticipation continued to fill the air, the excitement was immediately quieted with an impeccable collection that was accompanied by the playlist of Laurent Vacher.
The undertone was a subtle marriage of the traditional and the militant feel that will inspire an unforced confidence in every man who will chose to don the new collection. The hues were a symphony of burgundy, grey, pilot blue and brown with tooth hound patterns that were either printed or bonded to sweaters, suits, and outerwear. Conversely, shadow plaids and tweeds were distinguished by jacquard sweaters and striking geometric prints. In a weird way, the room emanated the bold spirit of the sixties that was enriched by the prominence of the new today. And as I examined the styling of each model’s passing, I was mesmerized by the build to a tremendously climatic experience.