Begun as a conversation between creative director Daniel Kearns and business partner David Beckham, Kent & Curwen’s Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection was designed to allow real men, no matter their background, to show character and style.
The collection interprets designs of the past to shape the silhouettes of the present, making appropriation and interpretation crucial factors.
“It is that sense of modern life blended with a shared history that defines Kent & Curwen today.” – Daniel Kearns, Kent & Curwen Creative Director
Outerwear is central, and the signature great coat is in the heavy original olive wool fabric worn by officers in WW1 whilst archival college stripes line collars and plackets of fitted tweed topcoats.
Utilitarian, army and country jackets styled from aged cotton are reworked in masculine proportions paired with deep pleated peg trousers in aged crushed cotton and linen for structure and texture.
A heavy cotton twill is shaped into old white tunic shirts, with or without detachable collars. Heavyweight checks and tartans are washed and distressed for a weathered appearance.
The silhouette of the coat and blazer is deconstructed and topstitched to create a more casual tailoring solution, dressed up with a military peg pant or with jeans and a nicked-edge T for a more casual appearance.
Reworked vintage patches taken from the Kent & Curwen archive bring a sense of nostalgia for sporting clubs and memorabilia – on a collegiate blazer, zip-up knit or a varsity jacket with aged leather sleeves.
Colours for the season are rich and washed – senape, khaki, collegiate burgundy, petrol and Royal blue – inspiration taken from the brand’s archive of club and university ties.
The Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection, by KENT & CURWEN