The soothing collection Margaret Howell sent down the runway was like a balm for the audience that gathered in a studio at the Rambert Dance Company’s London building. Howell’s clothes are classics, essential, all about lifestyle. There’s nothing fashion-driven about them. Some might even call them generic, but, boy, are they cool, with a fit and proportion that are just right.

There were classic belted trenches, masculine wool coats made from a black-and-white houndstooth check, and blazers crafted from classic men’s fabrics. Pleated trousers came in gray and navy flannel. The lineup also took a schoolgirl-uniform turn with Bermuda shorts or long pleated skirts worn with patent leather flats and ankle socks, all of which exuded a timeless grace.

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