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THE AW17 DESIGNER’S PICKS

29.09.17

We asked the Head of Menswear Design, Alex Field, for his top picks for any autumn and winter wardrobe

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THE HERO PIECE

The Connor jacket is a true investment piece for autumn. Soft to the touch, the fabrication pairs particularly well with a cashmere knit and the stone hue makes a fresh alternative to classic black and navy. 

THE STATEMENT KNIT

Featuring a playful colour-block design and a textured bouclé front panel, the Enfield jumper is an elevated take on the classic knit. Royal blue and moss-green make for an eye-catching combination that’s intensified when styled with pared-back basics. The key is to keep other accompaniments neutral for maximum impact.

THE CHELSEA BOOTS

Everyone needs a Chelsea boot in their footwear collection and the Chalmer style works just as well as part of a casual weekend outfit as it does a more formal look. I’d wear them for a walk in the park on a Sunday or to work during the week.

THE DOUBLE-BREASTED BLAZER

A versatile blazer sits at the top of my list for this season. The Wilcox has been crafted from premium British wool by our favourite UK mill Alfred Brown so it’s particularly perfect for this time of year. I’d wear it with relaxed trousers and a white T-shirt or go for something a bit smarter by pairing it with a button-down shirt and polished derbies.

THE HOLDALL

My travel schedule starts to pick up from September so a versatile leather holdall like the Bournemouth is a must. Surprisingly spacious, designed with enough pockets to house everything in order and made from premium pebble-grain leather, it’s equally suited to short haul flights and a weekend in the country.

THE WEAR-ANYWHERE SHIRT

When tucked into a pair of chinos, the Benzet shirt makes for a contemporary take on formal styling but worn casually – untucked with the sleeves rolled-up – it takes on a more relaxed guise. It’s a key piece for me this season and it comes in a range of washes so it’s very versatile. I particularly like the indigo hue.

THE CASUAL JACKET

Inspired by classic military designs, the State jacket lends the look a modern update, ensuring functionality whilst maintaining a stylish appearance. It features progressive trend-led design details such as a padded gilet lining which works to blend functionality with style. 

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