Hardy Amies, a Savile Row brand that shares the same name as its creator, has been around since the 40’s. Savile Row is a street in Mayfair, central London that is known principally for its traditional bespoke tailoring for men, a tradition that the Hardy Amies label combines with a wicked wit and design flair that seems to always be ahead of its time.In fact, in 1967, Amies himself was commissioned by director Stanley Kubrick to design the costumes for the film “2001: A Space Odyssey“. Although Amies is no longer here, his spirit slearly lives on in the spring/summer 2016 collection designed by the brand’s Creative Director, Mehmet Ali, who coincidentally had a childhood fascination with the Kubrick film.
If you’re a suit wearing type of guy who enjoys taking your look to the next level, Hardy Amies is one of the best at it. This is a collection that seamlessly blends tailored suiting with workwear. Fabrications from breathable cotton, nylon and seersucker were used to show pieces ultimately inspired by space travel. With all of the advancements being made in fabric innovation, it is no surprise that Ali would use a lightweight material he calls “filtration rib” in pants and blazers. This particular fabric has a “liquid-like” hand and created a unique runway appearance. It’s also one that easily transitions from the catwalk to the street.
Everything you would expect from a meticulously tailored suit was represented and each shirt, vest and the outerwear pieces offered a look of timeless menswear style. Top coats and stand out hooded track jackets felt futuristic yet perfect for the present. Each piece embodied the impressive heritage Aimes began and wrote about in his influential book in 1964, “ABC of Men’s Fashion” with a touch of futurism. To “boldly go where no man has gone before” is typically a goal for most designers each season as succeeding at this, shows innovation. Now in true Hardy Aims fashion this collection shows the infusion of interplay between the generations, between tailoring and casual wear, between town and country as well as between heritage and technology.