This season, John Richmond‘s men’s collection was geared more towards a power broker who never goes anywhere without his iPad case, rather than the usual dreamer who never leaves home without his guitar.
Just when fashion had digested the idea that the casualization phenomenon is here to stay, Richmond decided to, once again, swim against the current — this time taking a serious approach.
“Sartorial elegance takes center stage. The suit is now the badge of rebellion,” Richmond said.
There were at least ten classic daytime suits for men, some crafted with Neapolitan bespoke and Savile Row elements of fine tailoring like peak lapels and houndstooth prints.
Footwear was intended to stand out in a big way. Tapered pants were cropped to show off pin dot socks. Traditional gentleman styles like brogues and monk-strapped leather shoes had a freshly hand crafted allure and were painted with electric blue bottom soles, a small reminder that the Richmond man hasn’t lost his wild side completely.
A subtle mod flair was pronounced in terms of slacks – black roomy shorts were draped over leggings and paired with black zip biker jackets and blazers.
Sure there were hints of leopard here and there, and his signature embroidery made an appearance – but his approach was more abstract, geometric and modern this time versus his usual gothic, romantic, whimsical and nostalgic motifs.