René Gruau’s illustrations and Terry O’Neill’s images of Sixties jet-setters inspired Jeremy Hackett’s collection, while shades of Frank Sinatra, Michael Caine and Sean Connery added even more personality. A 38-piece orchestra played Michael Nyman’s “Prospero’s Magic” as models showed off clothing that riffed on a privileged English lifestyle.
There were collegiate sport coats reminiscent of those worn by the Oxford and Cambridge rowing teams, straw boaters and seersucker suits in candy shop colors. Tailored clothing seemed destined for languid picnics beside country rivers or overlooking the Mediterranean. The closing look — an off-white dinner jacket worn with black trousers — was suitable for St. James’s most elite men’s members clubs.