Thom Whiddett and Luke Sweeney looked to Jude Law’s wardrobe in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” for their spring collection, which had a new relaxed attitude. “Thom and I have always loved that film,” Sweeney said. “We always felt that it was the perfect summer wardrobe for summer evenings and day times, events — without the swimwear, obviously.”
He said they are “inundated” by requests from their clientele for tailoring in lighter fabrics for glamorous Riviera weddings and parties. In answer, the duo showed a lineup of the kind of fresh tailoring and refined outerwear that has endeared them to bespoke junkies. A cream double-breasted tuxedo in a lightweight wool and silk was worn over a simple T-shirt, and with slim gray trousers and espadrilles. Shirts had plackets that only reached halfway, and there was a dearth of ties.
There was a lot of outerwear in the mix. Pared-back macs in waterproof Loro Piana fabrics had been created in response to the tailors’ own desire to find the perfect mac, while field jackets in the softest suede came in sophisticated shaded of gray, bittersweet chocolate and pale taupe. These have already sold out, by the way, to Thom Sweeney’s bespoke customers, who received a preview of the samples and already placed their orders.