Richard James’ Toby Lamb answered the call of the tropics this season in what was probably one of the most vividly summery collections across the board in London. Drawing on the Savile Row frontrunner’s links with journeying to faraway lands, this time by way of the steamy Mexican jungle, in a lush parade of chic, cultured and exotic clothing made for searing climates.
While the overcast weather during London Collections Mens wasn’t entirely reciprocal, James transported Glass to a world away from Carlton House Terrace fabulously with its grandiose runway show. Capturing this tropical utopia with lush prints of vibrant fruits and foliage and signature fitted suits, of not too adventurous cuts but still arresting all the while, Lamb didn’t disappoint in the slightest. Breathable ensembles of sub-tropical compositions offered some of the most relevant pieces for the summertime season and also easily stylish to boot.
The lounge suits of juicy emerald and shiny petrol hues also applied heavily to snappy dressers who are comfortable being the centre of attention and at once Richard James proved effectively that they are very much attuned with the stylistic choices a Savile Row peacock desires.
Incidentally, on the subject of summer and Richard James, why not delve into our new issue, Honour, and refer to our latest Gentleman’s Journal where we talk exclusively with Toby Lamb about dressing cool when the heat rises. After delivering such a superb SS16 collection, Lamb is certainly a sartorial voice that should be heard.
by Liam Feltham
Images courtesy of Style.com