About two months ago, we posted a number of Hackett outfits from their current colorful summer collection. Now, the company have released some pictures for the Hackett Spring
Summer Collection 2013. With fewer vibrant colors, more white and off-white combinations as well as modified cuts , the new collection is different. Today, I want to discuss a number of these new outfits and their details.
First, let’s start with Jeremy Hackett himself. Although he sold the company years ago, he is still consulting for Hackett, and as such, he has a strong influence on the collection.
Usually, he is dressed rather conservatively with the occasional dash of color and so, it is not a surprise to see him in a mid grey suit with white chalk stripes. However, there are a number of unusual details, such as the chest patch pocket with the chalk stripes aligned on the horizontal while the other pockets are positioned in line with the fabric. Patch pockets are usually not seen with this kind of fabric, and his are quite large, so these factors together make for an especially unique combination.
Also, he wears his trousers quite short and tapered, so you can see his red socks. While the red socks certainly provide an interesting pop of color, I’m not sure I’d advocate this particular trouser cut, as it shortens the leg and emphasizes the thigh. Hackett’s models with narrower thighs draw out the contrast less; I myself avoid this cut for the very same reason. Jeremy’s shoes are black but seem to have a gold sole with some odd protruding details almost like a golf shoe – I wonder why he was wearing these at the show.
Overall, I was quite surprised to see him this way.
Hackett Town Suits
Interestingly, the model’s town suits don’t seem to be influenced by Mr. Hackett’s suit, with the exception of the trouser cut. We can see mid grey suits with windowpane check, bowler and umbrella paired with flap pockets and traditional cuffs.The fabrics are quite light and the fit of this RTW collection is not always spot on. While some wear classic black shoes and blue ties with their suits, others wear dark
brown suede, which is quite interesting.
One of my favorite details is the white piping on the navy blazer – the world has certainly seen it before, but I nevertheless find it rather extraordinary in that it’s a flashy detail not seen very often. For a summer jacket not intended for the office, it is just fine though. Even the white coat has a blue piping! The color palette is mostly classic ranging from white, blue and red with some browns, greens and khaki tones in the mix. Of course, there are also a few flamboyant outfits including paisley trousers, madras with stripes, and brightly colored espadrilles.
Vest, Contrasting Collars & Shoes
Throughout the collection, you can see quite a few vests. Considering it is a summer collection, that is rather daring to add another layer, but it creates room for a number of great combinations. For casual outfits, knit vests in argyle and sleeveless fair isle jumpers in muted colors look fantastic and for regular suits, they have tailored options.
Also, quite a few models wear white contrasting collars with a collar pin or as a club collar without it. Most of the summer shoes are white buckskin or canvas spectators – classic choices for summer. Of course, the white ones will get dirty more quickly, but they look great with light colored pants.
This collection also has a lot of off-white or beige colored items, and even two three-piece suits with double breasted waistcoats. The person in the all off-white ensemble does not wear suspenders and therefore you can see a gap between the vest and the waistband. Otherwise, I like the simple color scheme of a light blue shirt with a navy tie, contrasting club collar and white shoes. In my opinion, the pocket square could have been a more interesting pattern – paisley and green for example.
Brown suede shoes are great alternative, as evidenced by the gent in the white striped three piece suit.
Also, they added a Safari Style suit to the collection. I am not sure it will sell a lot but it is certainly an eye catcher.
Just like the 2012 collection, Hackett added a number of flamboyant outfits to the show. I am quite sure not many people will ever wear an outfit like these, but they are probably there to overemphasizes a number of summer elements, such a madras or paisley, that will stand out even in an otherwise more muted combination.
Overall, I like it more than than the last summer collection. How about you? Don’t forget to check out the gallery below and leave a comment.
Picture Credit: Giovanni Giannoni