For spring/summer ‘17 Turnbull & Asser returns to 1970s Monte Carlo, inspired by the antics and heroism of Grand Prix victors of the day. The collection is an ode to the more audacious side of the motor racingworld; referencing the Grand Prix’s lovable rogues and daredevil drivers who often turned up to races in a Rolls Royce corniche laden down with attractive women and enough champagne to sink a battleship.
Resembling a sun-faded Polaroid of the racing car world, the collection explores the juxtaposition between the hard graphic lines of the sport and the soft, relaxed ambience associated with summer. Warm orange tones mix with washed-out shades of ochre, copper and pale pistachio faded into white backgrounds, while lilac and sky blue complement soft grey and sand. Both colour combinations are brought to life through woven patterns in the brand’s signature shirting to form the foundations of the range.
Traditional bold T&A ‘power stripes’ are given a gentler finish atop beach-like sandy backgrounds, while modern Diamond Standard cloth, ideal for warmer climates, is presented in neat micro-grid checks which are blurred to evoke a sense of velocity and movement. Furthermore, the Ronson shirt reimagines Prince of Wales check as a disruptive pattern in a number of colours.
Playing on the idea of resort wear, this season’s Informalist is a spin-off from the classic Oxford shirt using irregular bold stripes while beach shirts with a lazy pyjama style collar play into the insouciance of summer. The Garment 57 silhouette returns in printed paisley silks and abstract indigo cottons, which pair with coordinating swim shorts or drawstring ‘yacht’ trousers for the ultimate in elegant relaxation.
The brand simultaneously caters for the discerning classicist and the flamboyant eccentric through their strong focus on fabric, blending silk, linen and cotton alongside lightweight wools.
Leading the tailoring separates are unlined double-breasted four patch pocket jackets and statement horizontal stripe blazers in ultra-light wool and active stretch cotton, each continuing the season’s play on movement.
T&A continue to champion the artistry and craftsmanship associated with their ‘Made in England’ mantra; exquisite neckties and pocket squares influenced by various art movements of the 70s arouse an essence of speed through the use of print and pattern.
Completing the collection, an exclusive collaboration with motorcycle helmet manufacturer Davida cements the overriding theme, with 70s-inspired custom crash helmets featuring unique decorative bubble visors.
Turnbull & Asser (71-72 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6PF)