"I am English, and my brand is decidedly American," said designer Simon Spurr. "I really wanted to establish my British roots and deliver something modern and elegant into American fashion week." Modern and elegant menswear? No problem for a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist who trained at YSL (under Hedi Slimane), Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. The designer took his first runway turn this week, after already gaining a cult following for his denim label, Spurr. And what he just sent down the runway could easily be our favourite new menswear line in recent years.
Fans of plaids, cashmere and crisp tailoring should have no problem finding pieces to love. From a grey pinstripe three-piece suit worn with motorcycle gloves to a crop-sleeved jacked worn over a striped jumper, Spurr was out to remake the dapper English gentleman with a tough and confident edge. (Mr Darcy never would have listened to Babyshambles, which the designer included in his runway playlist.) The denim that first made Spurr a noteworthy name had its place - as in, teamed with a dark, streamlined button-up and black hooded toggle coat. Did it look American? We'd say so. But it takes a Brit to bring tailoring like that.