Margaret Howell unveiled her women’s collection alongside men’s wear for the first time at a coed show held at Rambert 99 in Lambeth.
“This opportunity brings the men’s together with the women’s because I always liked the androgynous look on the girl,” said Howell. “I suppose in a way, it’s like a street sort of look, but also contemporary with quality. It’s not so much an inspiration for the collection, it’s continuing.”
She said the themes for the season were confident, independent, casual and natural.
Howell’s strong fall outing for women and men — which followed the same unisex aesthetic — was a relaxed and unfussy collection filled with her signature sturdy, luxe fabrics and classic silhouettes.
There was lots of smart layering in the lineup, which had a haphazard feel and worked well. A navy short cropped wool jacket was worn over an untucked dark blue button-down shirt, matching cropped trousers and short blue paisley necktie for women. Meanwhile, a tan wool overcoat was piled over a brown V-neck knit and a white shirt — which was tucked in halfway — and paired with tapered trousers with a knitted green beanie.
Howell played with scale in silhouettes and went for a more oversize and looser look in outerwear. She also explored a new squarish trouser shape as seen in a women’s olive pants worn with a peachy hued knit sweater, a knitted scarf and a beanie hat in green.
For men, a navy wool blazer was worn over an earthy knit sweater, while a crisp white poplin shirt was styled half-tucked with languid wool trousers. There was a heavy wool oversize peacoat worn with an olive shirt, tapered pants and a dark blue printed tie, while a gray knit cardigan was layered over a gray Oxford shirt, also partly tucked with loose trousers.
The collection was done in rich earthy hues of brown, tan, mustard, gray, rust, khaki, olive, navy and black.
As reported, Howell, showed a men’s wear taster in London as well as a few pieces at Pitti Uomo in Florence last month.