The cooler climes of winter have one advantage: they're ideal for that tailored, layered look perfect for city life. Grey is anything but dull when artfully used, and Brooks Brothers achieve quintessential class in their fall/winter 2014-5 collection, exploring their 196 years of heritage. The American brand introduced many fashion innovations over the decades, such as seersucker, madras, the non-iron shirt and the button-down collar, and in this collection, a note of particular refinement is added by waistcoats, worn under suits in the traditional style, but also under knits and outerwear. Another feature of the collection is the luxurious and durable Saxxon wool, a Brooks Brothers exclusive, offered in everything from tailored clothing to sweaters.
The layered looks for men feature waistcoats that provide an infallible note of masculine style, enhanced by slim-fit shirts, and jackets with narrow lapels. There are some colour highlights, loden green, mustard, twilight blue, deep purple and navy, but the greys are superb and easily coordinated, and can carry the whole outfit without any extra hues necessary.
The women's collection expresses a look of quiet, confident power, with black and white houndstooth, Prince of Wales patterns and the ever-popular camel coat. The combination of quilted jacket and pencil skirt in menswear-inspired fabrics with silk charmeuse blouses and accents of leather and fur has a sort of nonchalant chic that works to perfection both in the city and – substituting trousers for skirt and adding a textured sweater – in the countryside or on the ski slopes.
And this is the real beauty of Brooks Brothers: it's a very versatile style, from boardroom to cocktails, and on to Cortina and St. Moritz. With the appointment last month of Zac Posen as Creative Director this is set to be their year.
Brooks Brothers boutiques in London:
Men's, women's and kids collections:
150 Regent Street
London W1B 5SJ
Tel. +44 (0)20 3238 0030
1 Old Broad Street
London EC2N 1DW
Tel. +44 (0)207 2566 013
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