KENT & CURWEN FW2014/15 collection unveils the dynamic debut collection from Kent & Curwen’s newly appointed Creative Director Simon Spurr. A considered evolution, re-establishing British heritage whilst showcasing a bold new aesthetic; modernizing the full lifestyle wardrobe of the Kent & Curwen man.
The brand’s new philosophy begins with the reinterpretation and juxtaposition of iconic pieces: Motorcycle jackets, channel quilted at the lapel, are paired with tuxedo trousers and set again exploded fair isle jumpers, whilst duffle coats are updated with aran sleeves, and reversible cricket knits are offered in a range of brilliant colours. Inspired by British naval dress uniform, double faced, Melton Peacoats are cut close to the body and trimmed with lion head crested metal buttons and leather epaulettes. Rich wool cashmere blended officer's coats are luxuriously trimmed with rabbit fur at the lapel.
Fabric continues to play a vital role with the runway collection and this season is no different with an intentionally strong use of British suiting cloths and collaborations with British manufacturer's such as Fox Umbrellas; further underscoring the brand’s origins from 1926. Some of the stand-out fabrics are the modern wool silk blended tweeds executed in monochromatic grey, and flannel suiting which is either laser cut or is printed with wide regatta stripes that serve as a nod to the brand’s tie origins.
Drawing upon the rich tradition and sporting roots of the brand, the classic pique polo weave has been oversized in proportion and become the signature pattern of the collection. Whether executed in geometric hexagonal prints in shirting and small leather goods or as hexagonal quilted leather jackets, the result is masculine and modern. Pops of colour also add an unexpected statement with a colour palette of vicuna, olive green, yellow, turquoise, Prussian blue, grey, navy, ‘cricket ball’ burgundy alongside graphic black and white and the signature Kent & Curwen dark racing green.
As part of the collection’s key highlight, the cricket ‘Splice’, a powerful, angular shard inspired by the V-shaped detailing on a cricket bat, is referenced throughout the collection and has become a prominent mark of the Kent & Curwen brand.
An extensive range of accessories has been introduced, including hand luggage, portfolio cases, iPad cases, wallets, driving gloves, ties and scarves. Small signature accents such as handcrafted leather rose lapel pins and lion head lapel studs add multi layered styling elements to the collection, whilst referring back to the brand heritage.
Boasting exceptional quality and attention to detail, the Kent & Curwen Fall Winter 2014 runway collection redefines the modern gentleman and recreates an age-old aesthetic for a new and exciting era.