• Jade Fubara

Oliver Spencer: AW18 menswear show

For his AW18 menswear collection, Oliver Spencer paid tribute to none other than the glorious city of London. From afternoon walks along the Thames to its fabulous nightlife and after-dark escapades, it’s influence ran through each one of the bomber and safari jackets, polo neck knits, sailor caps, corduroy trousers and tailored, check coats, making for the perfect, British gentleman’s collection to say the least. This wasn’t just a celebration of today’s London, but also a respectful nod to the dandies of the 70’s – where clubbing in remarkable velvets and fur pieces was indeed the norm.

His love of garments and cloth fittingly began at a Portobello market stall after frustration at the limitations of art school caused him to abandon student-life altogether, and instead, seek adventure as a shopkeeper. In 2002, he launched his brand after a decade at Favourbrook expanding their range of formalwear pieces. He focused on premium tailoring in relaxed and modern styles to show men – and women as it so happens – that quality didn’t have to mean formality and casual wasn’t necessarily another way of saying ‘careless’.

The colour palette for the collection, titled ‘Love is the Drug’, boasted strong greys, beige, chocolates, charcoals, muted blues and navy and these shades were drenched over velvet straight-legged trousers, cinched, high-collared coats and polo-neck knits – all representational of the city’s infectious urban feel. Alongside these understated tones were luminous flashes of mustard, red and burnt oranges to mirror London’s much-loved clubbing scene.

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