DOWNTON, DOWNTOWN: Savile Row tailoring sprang to life — in theatrical glory — on Tuesday evening at Spencer House with a living exhibition of work by some 30 men’s brands, located on and off the fabled street of tailors. Brands including Anderson & Sheppard, Henry Poole & Co., Richard James Bespoke, and John Lobb Ltd dressed a host of dashing young models pinstriped suits, country tweeds, velvet smoking jackets and snazzy military attire.
As if characters from “Downton Abbey,” models milled around the 18th-century splendor of Spencer House in St. James’s, and gathered in rooms that had been staged theatrically for a formal dinner, a casual breakfast, or simply cocktails and conversation.
The mood was so low-key and authentic that few would have been surprised to see Lord and Lady Grantham glide down the stone stairs or Matthew Crawley raise a toast to his friends. The presentation, styled by Jo Levin, creative fashion director of British GQ, was a highlight of the week.
“Savile Row has always been about father and son, something passed on through the generations,” said Levin, adding that her aim was to create an environment where the tailors and brands could showcase their craftsmanship and collective strengths. “For me, Savile Row and St. James’s make up the DNA of men’s wear. It is our history, we own it and we have to celebrate it.”