The thing we love most about Oliver Spencer. Scratch that. The thing we admire the most about Oliver Spencer is the philosophy: Quality needn’t mean formality; casual needn’t mean careless. It speaks volumes; well metered quatrains of smart, snip steady and svelte fashion sense. And this couldn’t be better portrayed than in the forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2017 collection.
Broguish in its modern accent, Tough Love is a tough collection gently spirited by a velvet touch. Its colour palette finding footing in autumnal, burnt orange and deep forest green, contrast is soothed in with powder blue, blush pink and well-tempered grey.
Now these are colours that might otherwise cause a little poke of the nose. A stirring in the throat. But a deft touch ensures the pared-back look isn’t overwhelmed by shock. Instead, the collection simmers gently, respectably, with soft velvet, corduroy and wool. A sparing use of leather reveals finer detail and Black Watch plaid is, as ever, a solid statement.
Having become a signature of Oliver’s collections, cropped trousers smartly pair with the whole range. With long-line jackets, roll neck jumpers and stacked sole plimsolls. All solid, all good. Although things start to get innovative with the introduction of an oversized parka. Designed with ergonomics in mind, it transforms from coat to rucksack depending on where and when you find yourself.
“For me, Oliver Spencer is about being yourself while being smart, being distinctive, being comfortable. I want to make clothes that you can adopt and inhabit. Clothes you can live in, clothes you can do things in.” – Oliver Spencer
For us the standout pieces of this collection have to include the soft leather bomber with shearling collar. It’s cool. Just cool. The long-line grey jacket treads that well worn line between smart and casual, whilst the powder blue polo neck offers a taste of something different to your wardrobe.
Designer Oliver Spencer and social innovators Vero collaborate for the second time at the AW17 show. 100% of the profits from a specially designed umbrella, retailing at £145 and available to purchase directly through Vero, go to Oliver’s chosen charity SHINE.