JACK WILLS FW2014/15 Collection looks into the Great British Isles, whether championing UK made garments or taking inspiration from Scottish plaid and the legacy of mod. Signaling an irreverent mood, aesthetic touches from the 60’s mod and 70’s punk subcultures are thread throughout the collection.
Babydoll and floral mini dresses are reminiscent of Swinging London, especially when accessorized with Jack Wills’ heeled Chelsea boots or UK-made penny loafers. Loosening up gents’ classic-fit tailoring, graphic sweaters and brogues (socks not required) are the perfect partners. For the ladies, pretty blouses and shirts suggest retro styling when buttoned high and tucked into jeans.
Redefining men’s country check shirts and traditional plaid, heritage checks become feminine when adorning the Chelwood, a fluid shirt dress, or the Fraley, a fitted jacquard jersey mini skirt in navy or red check. In contrast to this androgyny, the women’s collection nods towards an English Romantic aesthetic, with dark florals in a palette inspired by the ever-changing tones of leaves, with deep hues of claret and cherry reds, honeycomb and carrot oranges, anchored by inky blues. Meanwhile, plaid and gingham get a modern spin for gents with wider checks in updated hues of moss, blackcurrant and claret.
Outerwear takes its inspiration from heritage styles and militaria. Among the collection, jackets and coats hark back to vintage flying jackets, nautical peacoats and military fishtail parkas.
These stalwarts of British style have been updated with new shapes; luxurious fabrics like boucle wool, detachable linings, and branded fastenings. Lined with tartan or trimmed with long pile fur, autumn’s focus is on making the traditional cozy and covetable.
Originally worn by the British Royal Navy, the iconic Duffle has been updated for 2014 with branded wooden toggles and rope detailing, large patch pockets, and bespoke wool check lining. Similarly, Jack Wills’ wax jackets redefine the wet weather windbreakers, often worn by Duke of Edinburgh members in the 50’s and 60’s.