Richard James: The designer’s inspiration was the British village fete — a summer outdoor party — transported to an urban setting. That meant a lineup filled with James’ tailoring and vibrant use of color. In the first runway show of his 20- year career, he sent out a series of lightweight suits in gray Prince of Wales check woven with shots of peach or mint green thread and worn with matching pastel ties. And when James’ gentleman goes off-duty, there were relaxed suit jackets worn with tailored shorts in shades of eye- popping orange or bright sea blue.
There were a few witty touches, too, such as bright, cartoonish floral prints that bloomed on Bermuda shorts and open-neck shirts and suave velvet slippers embellished with crystals. Front-row fans at the show included James’ pals Elton John and David Furnish and the actor Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame. “He’s been a friend of mine for years,” said John, who was sporting a mauve suit by James. “He made my stage clothes in Las Vegas and he made my outfit for the Jubilee concert – he makes my wardrobe. It’s great to be able to come to an actual catwalk show to support him,” he said.