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Basics that are anything but.

White Shirt Wednesday – Urban Tailoring

white shirt styled with urban athletic pieces

Good tailoring never goes out of style, so with haute couture and street style colliding for another season, traditional tailors are charting exciting new territory into the fashion foreground and beyond...

A subtle marriage of functional materials and ergonomic design, forget the rain mac and welcome in a bold new world for urban tailoring – versatile outerwear with a high luxe edge? We like it! With next generation designers like Vetements, Yeezy and Wanda Nylon redefining contemporary tailoring techniques with a daring edge, this season saw structured, functional and high performance outerwear that we actually wanted to wear! Pair these directional pieces with classic wardrobe staples, and you're good-to-go.

Using the latest recycled materials and inventive wicking technologies, unexpected designs in a myriad of stylish and form flattering silhouettes give a raw, urban appeal to technical wet weather apparel. Aligned with the strong industrial accessory trend seen on catwalks from Chanel to Saint Laurent, grab and pull YKK zips, metal riveting and perforated eyelet venting add heavy duty accenting to strong lines and androgynous ensembles.

Going back to basics, strong architectural lines and primordial pattern cutting techniques define contemporary cool; a back-street mash up of Scandinavian simplicity and high luxe complexity, beautifully sourced and draped fabrics are starched and waxed in impermeable coatings for a tough edge to elegant luxury. We love the way our classic Hepburn silk shirt works seamlessly with the stark dark blue functionality of this funnel neck anorak tunic. Worn underneath, our 'Lion in Winter'  coloured shirt adds a hint of femininity to this deceptively flattering shift design.

With beating the April showers the aim of the game this spring, haute couturiers look to classic designs for inspiration; using the timeless poncho as a style cue, the boring basic has been reinvented with a sports chic edge. This curved hem metallic rain jacket with functional chest pocket adds an air of carefree nonchalance to inclement weather dressing. Worn with stylish daytime accessories like these perforated leather, thick grip tread brogues and water resistant leather coated backpack, this next generation ensemble tackles the urban environment in style – taking functional outerwear, clean lines and just a touch of Nordic simplicity to create a gregarious inner city look – ideal for the intrepid city slicker.

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