Fans of Lee Roach’s lean chic will be pleased with an SS14 collection that features nudes, neutrals and whey-faced models.
No show notes. Hm, unusual. But refreshing and definitely a good thing in a Lee Roach collection that was marked for its simplicity and utilitarian cleanness rather than its daring and pizzazz. These were practical, minimalist clothes for the modern man, and Roach made heavy use of the dark and neutral palette that has put him on the menswear map.
Loose-fitting canvas cottons, navy with black and linen-cloth style tabards formed the basis of an spring/summer collection that was curiously peppered with desert camo-patterns and black spots. The standout look was a pair of navy trousers, a black tee and bomber-style leather jacket. It will certainly please fans of Roach’s stark austerity aesthetic in any case.
Many of last season’s looks were re-worked in this year’s slick SS14 collection. Round-neck collarless jackets, slim trousers and blazers all again featured, and the clothes were broken up with judo belts and cute leather slippers. “Love the print blazer. Just when you thought they couldn’t invent another camo, here’s Lee,” said front row main man Tinie Tempah. We hear you, Tinie. And it’s a pretty neat way of throwing a fashion curved ball.
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Words: Sophie Haslett
Images: Hatnim Lee