Oliver Spencer Autumn/Winter 2011
On Wednesday I was invited to Oliver Spencer’s Autumn/Winter 2011 debut show for London Fashion Week’s Men’s day. As you can imagine, I jumped at the chance and was chuffed to bits that I got an invite in the first place. So on a drab rainy day I left work early, wondered down to Covent Garden, sat myself down in the freshly painted space and witnessed an absolutely cracking collection of clothes.
And what I saw was some brilliant outerwear – lots of tweed, wool and washed cottons, plus the odd bit of leather in the mix as well. There was tailoring on show, with a first look at his English made suiting, excellent knitwear and the detailing present on the garments was great – the cross stitching on patch pockets, that lovely chest pocket shape, the mix of materials used on jacket elbows, plus plenty of pieces with that bright red signature button.
Then there was the camouflage which was present on jackets, trousers and vests. This was layered with shirting and knitwear, and the odd piece was worn with bold flashes of red – either a shirt or full on bright red trousers. The contrast you get between the green, yellow and brown of camo with this big splash of bright colour was great – simple yet really striking.
And the footwear, oh the footwear. Beautiful shoes and boots in mixtures of leather and suede, in burgundy, tan, brown and black. There were traditional soles, red brick and what looked like a chunky commando sole (in black which contrasted really well with the natural leather welt). My favorite pair are the ones in the fifth image – one word: WANT.
Everything was really wearable and you could easily slot a single piece into your wardrobe, or you could buy loads of it and wear it as it’s envisaged, either would work and that’s the strength of it all. Basically, the show was great and I’m nicking loads of ideas from it. Cheers Oliver.
To have a look at the current collection or for more information on the brand, go here: Oliver Spencer.