“We were going to go very bright, but we decided to calm down a bit because we did so much color last year,” said Richard James before the show. “We wanted to keep it quite classic — you don’t really see classic clothes on the London catwalk.” True to his word, James sent out elegant silhouettes in soothing shades of lilac, robin’s egg blue, gazpacho red and a delicate brown resembling wet sand. There were zip-front suede varsity style jackets, waffle-knit crewneck sweaters and Jay Gatsby-ish seersucker shorts. Suits were feather light, and came in robin’s egg blue, and lilac or pink Prince of Wales checks, with the trousers stopping short of the ankle. Footwear was fanciful, with models sporting espadrilles adorned with sequins, sparkles or embroidery.

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