Here at Savvy Men, we have a soft spot for Thomas Pink. Their authentically British clothes scream out what I want from my wardrobe: perfect tailoring, immaculate details and an innate ability to dress the modern man in a time honoured and tested way. So, a spilled cup of coffee later, I found out that they were appearing at London Collection Men, the crudely titled Fashion Week for Men, and I was immediately excited.
What I dislike about fashion shows is that you have to distil what the designer is trying to say, figure out where the inspirations lie and then work it into your own wardrobe. For example; Topman Design featured wide leg trousers and oversized collars. You’d naturally think that they were inspired by the Oxford bags of the 1920s, but instead they were focused on the 1970s Northern Soul movement, which in itself was inspired by the Oxford bags. And then you need to find out how that can fit into your own wardrobe (in that case, slogan ringer tees and wide leg trousers with chunky shoes and boots). What’s brilliant about Thomas Pink is that it’s easy enough to translate it into because the elements are easy enough to recognise.
Oversized overcoats in traditional fabrics like tweed, or with a high wool content, layered over knitwear and a shirt, but in bright hues like turquoise, or orange, and a patterned shirt. Thomas Pink displayed some stately home curtain patterns on shirts and bowties to give an eclectic feel.
Wide leg trousers finished off the outfits, taking a more relaxed approach to smart casual tailoring. Personally, I’m too short for wide leg trousers (though it hasn’t stopped me from trying) but it’s nice to see that more and more designers are putting their weight behind the eventual successor to skinny fit trousers.
Sartorially selected accessories stopped the outfits from going too over the top, with a slight pocket square, or an accentuating tie that doesn’t draw focus away from the statement piece of the outfit: the pattern shirt poking out from under the crew neck jumper, or the muted patterned jumper over the clashing shirt bowtie.
Taking inspiration from the Great British Seaside, there were lots of muddy colours mixed with blues and greens, effecting a highly eclectic, but attainable look that anyone can put together from the High Street.
And here’s Danny Cipriani: what a total babe.
Thomas Pink and their pretty brilliant offerings can be found here and in John Lewis, the fancy dogs.