Richard James’ ‘Desert Rats’ collection fused military precision with the quintessentially British tailoring sensibilities of Savile Row
Taking the expanses of the Sahara Desert and combining it with the defining qualities and determination of the British army who fought there, Richard James’ SS15 collection ‘Desert Rats’ was militaristic and distinctly British.
Utilising base colours of khaki, sand and beige, the appearance of the landscape of the Sahara Desert were a continual staple from start to finish. As pieces continued to present themselves, so did the introduction of more piercing colours. All bright in appearance, pinks, oranges and cobalts were said to be indicative of the bordering Mediterranean. The military styled shoulder patches on jumpers and Desert Rat Armoured Division insignia adorned on others however, kept it close to the British mindset and Desert Rat narrative throughout.
In what seemed to be a progression from his work last season, wool was paired with cotton and linen was blended with silk as suits, shirts and trousers all walked the runway. A functional collection that embraced sharp tailoring with more casual wear, the Richard James collection was as wearable as it was adaptable.
Since its 1992 introduction, the Richard James brand defined the standard for contemporary Savile Row tailoring and menswear. A brand focused on retaining the tradition of Savile Row tailoring whilst injecting an element of individuality to the wearer, James’ SS15 pieces were precise in their cut whilst being durable and utilitarian in their delivery.
Words: Josh Walker