One can’t help but think of Englishmen with Hardy Amies. The latest collection under the direction of Creative Director Claire Malcolm continues to impress. I particularly like the checks in grey (I do love grey!), along with the red and blue tartan mixed with the tonal grey and brown giving quite a strong, almost rugged look but still keeping the air of gentleman.
Sir Edwin Hardy Amies (1909 – 2003). What a wonderful story of his life and achievements. Having a strong background in womenswear, he was the official dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II for forty years. A man responsible for the first ever men’s catwalk show in 1961 at the Ritz Hotel in London – accompanied by music, which was a first and another big first seen in almost all catwalk shows to this day – the designer accompanying the models on the catwalk.
Amies was also a writer for a column for Esquire Magazine and the author of the witty gentleman’s guide to styling and etiquette, “The ABC of Men’s Fashion”. He designed for the 1972 British Olympic Squad, the 1966 England World Cup winning team and was responsible for the costumes for Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” among other achievements. Certainly an interesting life and history.
Read more about Sir Edwin Hardy Amies here – http://www.hardyamies.com/heritage/the-man/
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