As the oldest tailors in London, having been established in 1689, Ede and Ravenscroft are renowned for their long-established work with the judiciary and royalty.
For AW15, the brand has played on that long-standing history of one of the ultimate British heritage labels, with a sophisticated, classic look.
Entering the presentation space felt like taking a step back to a previous world. Elegant gentry was emulated throughout the collection, which drew inspiration from the Edwardian era, in contrast to the 20th Century inspiration of SS15’s unstructured silhouette.
This season Head of Design, Michael McGrath explored the company’s history and alluded to its deep-rooted tailoring past. The collection was broken into four parts and named after a town or village in Ireland, representing McGrath’s Irish ancestry.
Hues this season were darker and richer than previously with khaki, burgundy and navy offset against taupe and tan. Velvet suits, pinkstripes and large peak lapel dominated the collection while patterned shoes and scarves tied pieces together.
In ‘Uniform’, Ede and Ravenscroft outerwear for AW15 featured large lapels on double-breasted jackets while silhouettes were less fitted with fishtail waistband detail.
For the more modern city gentleman cashmere and wool were incorporated onto coats and suits.
In ‘Out of Town’, green velvet was contrasted against red and accompanied by a subtle check shirt. Large windowpane checks also appeared, alongside a classic overcoat in herringbone tweed. Leather briefcases, bags and hats neatly accessorised the presentation.
The most opulent was left for last with ‘Formal Dress.’ Here dark hued suits, waistcoats, corduroy and elaborate bow ties made up the essence of this traditional and formal take on menswear. Quilting and metallic details on lining and lapels added extra luxury and was accentuated by further detailing on complimenting accessories including slippers and pocket squares.
Presenting a refined and regal collection for LCM AW15, today Ede & Ravenscroft demonstrated its expertise as well as its age.