The siren call of Havana has been seducing designers these past months, and the latest one to fall under the city’s spell was Toby Lamb, design and brand director of Richard James.
His collection, shown as a presentation at the brand’s Savile Row store, was filled with sun-bleached hues and tailoring done in tropical-weight cotton and linen.
Lamb counted “Deco architecture, fading colonial splendor and an exquisitely attired” Fifties gentleman adventurer as his muses for the lineup that included jackets done in blue-and-white seersucker gingham, denim-colored ones with peak lapels and whisper-thin, cornflower-blue creations with a faded yellow windowpane check.
There were linen suits galore, in faded, dusty shades of pink and blue — some worn with their trousers rolled — while outerwear came in the form of a suede bomber jacket in banana-leaf green or a lightweight, rain proof navy car coat (ideal for the current London weather).
The shirts were a delight: A faded mint one was embroidered with a delicate, repeating flower motif done in pink and aqua, while others were printed with a broken glass or cornflower pattern.