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London Collections: Men – Hackett A/W 2013

A review of Hackett London’s A/W 2013 show as part of London Collections: Men at St Paul’s Cathedral

Wed, Jan 9, 2013, 10:30

   

Yesterday saw the first of my A/W 2013 shows at London Collections: Men - Hackett London, in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. (Check me out, above, beside Declan Leavy on the far right.) It was an ambitious venue for Hackett’s ready-to-wear show, but one the British heritage brand lived up to, showing a collection of beautifully tailored separates for the well-dressed businessman. We’re talking deep burgundies, teals and navies with colour pops in the form of red (I loved these trousers, above), a brighter teal and a rust, and of course the reworked Prince of Wales check, as part of Hackett’s association with the Prince’s Trust.

It was difficult to find fault with the colour palette, fabrics used (delicious wool suits paired with silks) and tailoring (even if one model did seem to be, well, busting out of his trousers) - but for an Irish buyer, I’d imagine the level of dressing might be a little higher than he’s used to. Hackett’s A/W man doesn’t seem big on downtime, and between the overcoats, blazers and ankle-grazing trousers, there’s not much room for relaxation in this dapper menswear vision. (This won’t, of course, be a problem for everyone – Tinie Tempah, who attended the show, is one man who seems well suited to dressing up.)

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeremy Hackett (above, with Erin O’Connor, who closed the show) yesterday before the main event, so you have an interview with him to look forward to – he’s quite the gentleman, and his breadth of knowledge of the British menswear scene would, I’d imagine, be hard to match.

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