For Fall/Winter, Margaret Howell took us to wartime Britain of the 1940s. This season, she moved forward a decade, with a breezy, relaxed collection, one that would have been perfectly at home on the Amalfi Coast in the summer of '55.
It was all very Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr. Ripley--full linen skirts, brown leather sandals, and chic grey Panama hats. The summery soundtrack helped, as did the models strolling casually with their hands in their pockets. Sky blue, beige, white, and khaki were the colors of the hour, and fabrics stayed consistently light and swinging--making even the plaid shirts and occasional parka stay true to the season at hand. Standout pieces were the strapless dresses, fitted through the waist with a button down bodice and tiny shirt collar across the chest.
Howell also showed her usual fare--mannish trousers cuffed at the hem, belted poplin dresses, and of course a Breton stripe dress. But the designer’s subtlety is her strong point, and we're consistently impressed by the way she conveys a different mood each season with what is essentially a very similar set of staples.