GENTLEMAN ABOUT TOWN: The Earl of Mornington, son of the 9th Duke of Wellington, opened the doors to the family’s stupendous London property, Apsley House, the home of the first Duke of Wellington after his return from the battle of Waterloo. The house, known as Number One London and overlooking Hyde Park, was this season’s venue for a collective show highlighting the work of British tailors, hatters, shirt and shoe makers from Savile Row and St James’s.
Woolmark and organizers of the show, known as The London Gentleman, created a display that saw groups of models positioned within a number of the house’s grand rooms. They were wearing bespoke looks created by a selection of tailors, including Anderson & Sheppard; Ede and Ravenscroft; Gieves & Hawkes; Henry Poole; H. Huntsman; Lutwyche; Chester Barrie; and Richard James. Models also wore Budd shirts, Grenson shoes and Schneider boots.
This June marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which was won by British and allied forces under the leadership of the first Duke of Wellington, known as the Iron Duke, who bought the house from his older brother, Richard, Marquess Wellesley. The house is undergoing renovations in time for the anniversary, and the organizers of The London Gentleman decided to embrace the scaffolding that’s currently in place and dress some of the models in hard hats and arm them with clipboards to man the door.
By contrast, inside was all glamour and gilt finishes. Dashing members of the Household Cavalry meandered about in their dress uniforms, adding to the spectacle. Models in greatcoats stood at one end of the 92-feet-long Waterloo Gallery, its red silk walls hung with dozens of oil paintings. At the other end, a dashing posse of chaps dressed in white tie wore bespoke tailcoats or dress coats over super-starched Emma Willis shirts.
Elsewhere, models wore a selection of tweed sport coats with cavalry twill trousers, or hacking jackets paired with cream turtleneck sweaters and moleskin trousers. Sammy Ali, a member of the organizing committee that also includes Anda Rowland and British GQ’s creative fashion director Jo Levin, said, “It’s all about the theatre.”