Margaret Howell put a utilitarian spin on her usual laid-back tailoring. Relaxed button-down shirts and khaki slacks could easily walk off the runway and into the workplace.

Not one for obvious statements, Howell played with subtle details — a pointed collar here, a round neck there and the occasional sailor collar — and natty accessories. Pageboy hats sat on model’s heads and these tipped playfully to one side while colorful neckerchiefs and square tipped ties were knotted loosely with a slapdash hand.

Howell’s women were dressed in high-waisted, pleated shorts, roomy and fuss-free skirts and slouchy mannish pants. And her men made do with trousers rolled up at the cuffs. She paired these androgynous looks with bracelet-sleeve shirts, one decorated with a circle-patterned print.

While her palette remained muted and soft, there was an iridescent khaki dress shirt, a rust-colored sweater and a mustard yellow shirt. These were soft accents that sat well alongside her collection, unlike the spandex cycling shorts and body suits that more or less resembled unflattering swimsuits.

By  on September 16, 2018

Margaret Howell put a utilitarian spin on her usual laid-back tailoring. Relaxed button-down shirts and khaki slacks could easily walk off the runway and into the workplace.

Not one for obvious statements, Howell played with subtle details — a pointed collar here, a round neck there and the occasional sailor collar — and natty accessories. Pageboy hats sat on model’s heads and these tipped playfully to one side while colorful neckerchiefs and square tipped ties were knotted loosely with a slapdash hand.

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