Looking back on LC:M, it’s safe to say that some designers got it right, and some got it very wrong. A show goes beyond the collection; the music, venue and guest list have to be right too. With the latter, I’m referring to the front row, which can be problematic. Aim too high and you run the risk of the eye candy not even turning up, aim too low and you might end up with bunch of perma-tanned C-listers clogging up your catwalk.
For me, this year’s successes were Oliver Spencer, Burberry, Agi & Sam and Hackett, but the last one wasn’t a runway show, it was something of a hybrid; a dinner interspersed with clothing. Jeremy Hackett hosted 100 guests at Two Temple Place to show off ‘Sheep Shape & London Fashion’, a capsule collection that pays homage to Britain’s longstanding textile mills.
The 12 looks featured new large checks, pinstripes, contrasting pockets and elbow patches, and all on the finest wool and flannel. And the outerwear offering, in line with the weekend’s trends, is abundant with texture thanks to a rather handsome sheepskin. The star of the show was a three-piece suit woven from wool from Jeremy Hackett’s own flock. Incidentally, he co-owns the sheep with renowned mill, Fox Brothers & Co, with whom he collaborated on the collection.
All in all, the range was as we’d hoped it would be – well cut, well made tailoring that offers fantastic value for money and understated style. Once again, well done Mr. Hackett. See you for supper next season.