Richard James took the trappings of battle and gave them a sun-drenched spin. Inspired by the Desert Rats, the British armored division that fought across North Africa during World War II, James gave his tailored looks a jaunty, lighthearted edge, embroidering bright flowers and vines onto military style jackets, khaki shirts with patch pockets and white linen suits.
Other suits came in a palette of bougainvillea, washed-out blue, mint or pink-and-white plaid, while shirts were covered in a map design or crafted from pastel seersucker fabrics. Knits took their cue from the soldiers’ kits and were ribbed with contrasting patches on the shoulders. One — appropriately — had a rat emblazoned on the front.