LONDON--London fashion is rarely slick. Christopher Bailey does slick at Burberry, but his mentor is Donna Karan, not another British designer. So even though Jaeger is an old fashioned house much like its checked counterpart, it's not surprising that creative director Stuart Stockdale's collection today was minimalist, rich-looking, but also a bit rumpled. And that's not a bad thing.
Stockdale brought us classic silhouettes--like the high-waisted a-line skirt and the military blouse--in modern colors such as berry and teal. There were colorful strappy sandals worn with nearly every look, and these gave the otherwise standard-but-stylish clothing a bit of a pop. The coats were the highlight, particularly the sleeveless wool felt and shearling jackets shown in a choice of black or camel.
What made it British was the layering, the mix of colors, and a wrinkle here or there. In London, style isn't about looking perfect, it's about looking like yourself. And that's what Stockdale wants for his customer.
**Photos by Imaxtree.