It's no secret that I'm a fan of all things Jaeger so it's safe to say that I was already sold before I saw Stuart Stockdale's spring/summer offerings yesterday morning, but I can proudly say that he exceeded my expectations this season.
Jaeger's signature tailoring came in the form of oversized blazers styled over the knitwear pieces that he introduced for fall. Leather is not something we've seen a lot from the brand, as last season saw them focus on fabrics like velvet, but leather appeared in abundance in black on dresses and in camel on skirts. The colour palette worked because it was varied. For people like me who don't feel out of place wearing black in the summer, Stockdale offered black knitwear and blazers but he also introduced gold metallic shirt dresses styled with skinny suede trousers. Knitwear also came in nude styled with shorts in brown suede. Towards the end of the collection, jewel tones like deep greens, aubergines and blue appeared on dresses nipped in at the waist and on wide leg trousers - think Proenza Schouler a few seasons ago and you're nearly there.
Lines were kept clean and classic on trousers and jackets developing the understated luxury feeling that has been growing momentum at the brand particularly since it's debut show at London Fashion Week.
Stockdale played with proportions and silhouettes this season styling cropped jackets with pronounced shoulders in blue with loose and relaxed fitted shorts. Cut outs were placed on the back of monochromatic dresses bringing them bang up-to-date. Parkers also appeared in burnt copper adding a utility edge to the otherwise classic collection. Florals - which are set to be a big trend this season - also came printed in pink or blue on white shift dresses.