Not only was Rake’s collection inspired by the late Formula One racing driver François Cevert, but the racing car in which he died was parked outside the Mayfair store where the presentation took place. “Each year we base our collection on a Rake man,” said the brand’s creative director, Clive Darby. “I fell in love with the story of how he had incredible honor and dignity and never overtook his mentor, Jackie Stewart, on the racetrack.” The collection’s palette of burnt red, pale yellow and blue were taken from Cevert’s racing helmet. This rich collection also had a practical, sports-inspired edge, with suit jackets made from perfectly tailored, paper-thin kangaroo leather, often used in soccer boots because of its lightness and strength. A reversible bomber jacket, made from the same material, folded away into a built-in bag, while a tactile wool and cashmere blend sport jacket had a terry-cloth finish for added softness.

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