© hardy amies this season's collection takes inspiration from a period in founder hardy amies’s life, synonymous with opulence and leisure: the 1930s. during this time, he was a prominent figure in the european social circuit, meaning winters spent in switzerland and endless parties in london, paris and berlin to attend. all this frivolity required an outfit for every occasion and one that could transcend social, leisure and formal events. designer claire malcolm has drawn on this concept when creating her first collection for this brand, combining the most luxurious fabrics with a more casual range of garments that embody hardy’s ideal of ‘leisure clothes’. both structured and unstructured blazers in prince of wales and windowpane check are worn with white collared shirts to draw attention to the deco-inspired silk ties. shawl collar cardigans and an impressive array of barleycorn knits are inspired by hardy commenting that the sweater is the most important element of casual attire due to ‘physical comfort, freedom of movement, lack of restraint and an air of sportsmanship’. these sit perfectly with the duck-down gilets, checked shirts and two-tone blue leather lace-up boots, the latter marking an exciting collaboration with heritage brand edward green. the luxury end of the scale sees sharp double-breasted wool cashmere suits and peak lapel coats in stony parisian blues and smoky london greys. after all, sir hardy was the epitome of the immaculate english gentleman. shown here are three looks from the a/w 2011 collection that we particularly like.
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