Here’s another look at the theme (below) and the moodboard (right) for our AW16 Chains + Cranes collection, which has just arrived at the Savile Row store and Richard James Online!
We put together a moodboard from various clippings and cuttings when we decide on the inspiration for a new collection. Basically, it serves to give us a feel of what it was we originally had in mind as things progress.
The traditionally overwritten, slightly hysterical theme is composed when the collection is complete and serves to define and elucidate and basically leave buyers, stockists and the press and the like in no two minds as to what it’s all about.
The two pictures below the moodboard are of looks six and fourteen from our AW16 LC:M show, which is where we unveiled the collection.
CHAINS + CRANES
Cinnamon, myrhh, and mace you showed, Golden Paradise birds that glowed.
More cigars than a man could count,
And a billion cloves in an odorous mount, And choice port wine from a bright glass fount. You showed, for a most delightful hour, The wealth of the world and London’s power.
John Masefield, Poet Laureate from 1930 until 1967, after visiting London’s docks.
Our AW16 Chains + Cranes collection sounds its horn hard, hoists the red ensign and puts its enticingly exotic cargo and correspondingly cosmopolitan crew in under a silver-grey sky at London’s docks in the midwinter of 1935.
By the mid ‘30s London had become the home of the largest port in the world and its bustling, bountiful, eight-and-a-half square mile docks were at the heart of it, the commerce coursing lifeblood of Albion and Empire alike.
Heavy with ropes and chains and wisely watched over by bowing cranes, this wondrously diverse world of chic, clean-lined cruise liners and colossal, chock-full container ships was the domain of the doughty dockers, a tight-knit, street-savvy band of men from the capital’s proud East End.
This is a bold, sharp-edged collection that celebrates London at its most powerful and all-encompassing, a great, clanking salt-corroded and colour-rich hive of industry and glamourous intrigue.
Both suiting and casual wear nod to the cool cachet of cruising the high seas and feature double-breasted jackets with wider lapels and patch pockets and wider, higher waisted trousers.
Warming wool, heavy British Melton and plush corduroy give weight and real texture. Oversize Prince of Wales checks and herringbone push forward. And chains and rope motif prints lend immediate focus and provenance.
Base colours of winter white, grey, glacial blue and navy are pierced and lifted by accents of rust orange, aqua and sage.
Join us as we explore an altogether alluring lost world of our great capital city and marvel at the wealth of the world and London’s power.