Fashion
  • Text Nik Patel
  • 11th January 2016

CLASSIC ELEGANCE

Since first establishing her studio over forty years ago, Margaret Howell has ceaselessly crafted a reputation for collections of classic and timeless elegance.

For FW16, high-quality fabrics formed the focal point of her design, with looks often appearing simple and characteristic of previous collections. Whilst the shadowy palette remained from FW15, sharp but sparing splashes of colour were strewn across the board in the form of chunky walnut and goldenrod knitwear, and scarves slung around the neck in sky-blue, cherry and pine. The knits came deconstructed, high-necked, and tucked into cropped, loose-fitting trousers in royal-blue corduroy and midnight wool; shades that served to illuminate Howell’s influences for this collection’s style. Her dockland-drawn inspiration became more evident in the tough, layered looks that lay awash with all manner of winter-blue hues. Trench and pea-coats held their dominance in the outerwear, and straight-cut was favoured over tailored fittings in the designer’s formalwear displays.

Howell’s FW16 collection constructed a wearable sense of sophistication, mingling the durability of superior workwear with the distinctive elegance of traditional design.