There was a lot to celebrate this season for the duo behind Casely-Hayford’s AW17 collection. Not only was it creative director Joe Casely-Hayford’s 30th year, but there was also the introduction of the brands 1st Women’s Ready-To-Wear collection that fluidly embedded itself within the menswear collection.
Such an event presented itself as the perfect opportunity for the family duo to explore what the Casely–Hayford house is through an exploration of re-inventing the ‘facets’ that have defined their signature style over the years. That is, reinventing classic Savile Row menswear tailoring for the modern English man.
Over-sized large navy overcoats and black trousers with grey textured circles showed the classic tones of an Autumnal palette, aside from one striking orange piece that juxtaposed against the colour palette for good measure. Expecting nothing less, we saw them drawing from the archives with 70’s style printed shirts and 80s sportswear references with a collaboration from shoe designer Helen Kirkum, known for her unique handmade trainers made from recycled shoes.
Handwriting the new rules for Outwear this Autumn/Winter, sweaters transformed into coats and coats were draped over the shoulders like cardigans. Playing with ideas of proportion and volume, over-sized items were balanced against the houses signature fitted pieces and pinstripes and checks worked together in harmony for a blending of texture and print.
Needless to say, the father-son duo certainly gave a cause for celebration with a provoking collection that gave classic tailoring a fresh cut.