This winter the English Gentleman, it seems, has returned triumphantly from Rio with his beloved in his arms, to find rather disappointingly that his tropical tailored wardrobe; a French blue cool-wool blazer from Richard Anderson, wide-legged Scabal cool-wool trousers by Kathryn Sargent, a Henry Poole soft grey lightweight wool three piece (and a wealth of other sartorial joys besides), doesn’t quite cut the mustard as dreary January skies fall over the mullioned windows of Mayfair’s finest outfitters and artisans.
London Collections: Men Autumn/Winter ’15 has passed, and with its passing comes a welcome time of fashion-focused reflection. The week of LC:M itself is inevitably characterised by a whirlwind of creative brilliance, but like many things worth savouring, its only really once the dust settles that one can think of something incisive to say. We at The Rake cannot help but find impressive the continual obsession with quality showcased by so many differing British brands, but quality aside, perhaps the most valuable discovery to come out from this last London Collections: Men, is the sense of focus and precision that’s energising luxury British menswear.
Two side-by-side windows displaying the date grace the face of this new Blancpain timepiece, joining the watchmaker’s Villeret collection.
Apsley House, the home of the Duke of Wellington after his victory at Waterloo, played host during London Collections: Men to a superb iteration of The English Gentleman event, which is now in its fifth season.
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Last week, we saw the premiere of a film with a new approach to clothing collaborations. Kingsman, a spy thriller set in London, involves some of our favourite brands: Cleverley, Drakes’s, Turnbull & Asser.
Thursday evening marked the commencement of London Collections: Men Autumn/Winter 2015, in superlatively rakish style. Held in the effervescent glamour of Claridge’s, The Rake was fortunate enough to bear witness to an evening generously attended by a wealth of extraordinarily talented designers, craftsmen, artisans, entrepreneurs and celebrities from all walks of life, brought together in celebration of London Collections: Men.
The new watch presentation boxes launched by Blancpain offer a luxurious combination of style, craftsmanship and functionality.
Dunhill has released its SS15 advertising campaign, shot by Annie Leibowitz under Creative Director John Ray. Have a quick look below for the behind-the-scenes video.
The Rake would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their loved ones during yesterday’s tragic events in Paris.
Our thoughts are with the people of Paris at this impossibly difficult time.