Unlined ultra light weight Prince of Wales mac
Many of you have read about my regular visits to the Hardy Amies exhibitions at the Savile Row store, as well as my recent guest blog for their website. On Monday, I took a visit to the house to take a further look – and a try on – of the spring summer 2011 collection which is available now. It is such as shame the regional stores closed as these pieces deserve to be seen and experienced by a wider audience.
This ultra light weight mac is simply divine, it really is what it professes to be as I could barely feel it on. The Prince of Wales check I think accentuates the style better than a block pallet which is on trend for this season, with the house jacquard accentuating the pattern. This really is a great piece for the season as well as a great alternative to a Burberry or Aquascutum trench. It only has the two buttons – a real trench should have 10 – however this is not suitable for a down pour, just a slight shower.
Fine suede bomber lined with the house jacquard
The bomber jacket was one of the pieces that really stood out from the rail and I immediately wanted to try this on. The suede is well, incredibly fine with the soft cotton collar and cuffs accentuating the jackets softness against the skin. The house jacquard lining again makes this piece stand out and I think the cream shading makes this stand out from the brown hues this style is often found in.
‘Dermot’ micro herringbone lightweight wool and silk jacket (paired with trousers, not worn)
This jacket was made for and worn by Dermot O’Leary during the final stages of the X-Factor last year. The suit jacket, like the mac, is incredibly light and whilst the sleeves were a little long – but not by much – the body fitted nicely. I was told that Dermot had to test the fitting of the suits he wore by doing his most done actions such as holding the mic and welcoming on an act.
Checked canvas and leather backpack
These two pieces of luggage were hiding in the corner and it took me a while to spot them. The rucksack is an item that is very much on trend for this season, with this example in a refined, clean pallet trimmed in chocolate leather. The check pattern gives it an extra essence of Savile Row where as many may have kept it plain and simple. The ‘HA’ logo on the top flap is luxuriously subtle and whilst I am not a fan of logo’s this is a nice size to indicate its origins.
Lastly the piece that took my breath away was the jade green leather doctors bag, below. The simplicity combined with the striking colour, paired with the gold hardware is one of the finest pieces of leatherwear I have seen for a long time. Though what makes it practical is that is not heavy at all, which mean it can be used as a weekend bag without becoming a hassle to carry.
Green leather doctors bag
Simply stunning. Visit Hardy Amies to see more of the Spring Summer 2011 collection.