Sunglasses at night: 5 things I loved about Casely-Hayford AW14
To say the Casely-Hayford runway show was anticipated would be an understatement. Not since Agi & Sam’s transitional MAN show has The Old Sorting Office venue felt like such a stadium: a home crowd eager to be entertained by beloved sons (and fathers). And we were not to be disappointed. When I spoke to Charlie back in November there was understandable apprehension about their runway debut but last week the execution was perfect. All the trademark Casely-Hayford qualities were there: elegant tailoring, an inherent understanding of current street demeanor, sporty details, confident colour and above all, a sense of London menswear’s past and present glories coming together under a single flag. When asked about the scene and designers who might appeal to those who don’t live and breathe fashion Casely-Hayford are always high on my list, and this is why.
1. The Judy Blame custom jewelry. The simple fact of legendary mudlarking stylist Judy Blame having a hand in this show is worth smiling about.
2. The surfy floral prints perfectly accessorised with big framed shades. Big flowers and sunglasses at night in an Autumn/Winter collection: we like.
3. The hit of red and black grunge.
4. Those bold graphic lines on the likes of the white overcoat and elsewhere on trouser legs. Go faster.
5.The neat tailoring underpinning it all. From tailored trackpants to perfectly proportioned outerwear and the narrow notched lapels on a blazer. Expertise shining through.