SS15 Margaret Howell was all about powerful minimalism. Using natural materials like linens and cottons, and a neutral palette of khaki, cream, nude and beige, looks were punctuated by bold black and white. From paper-bag waists, knife pleat contrasts, loose fitting outerwear and sleek shirt dresses, to drop collar shirts, funnel neck lines and structured bralets – the SS15 silhouette was boxy but most definitely playful.
Whilst the trademark Margaret Howell tailoring was present, it lost its formality when structured jackets were paired with youthful shorts and worn-in cottons and linens. Traditional work wear was re-invigorated and re-invented, providing a look fit for an off-duty actress or the perfect capsule to pack for a cosmopolitan city break.
Having relocated this year to Britain’s home for contemporary dance – Rambert, the location of the show complimented the collection. “I knew I wanted something with the working space and spirit of our Wigmore Street shop and that’s hard to find,” says Margaret. “This recently opened building is a functional space with strong associations of movement, energy and style. After all, I design my clothes with just that kind of freedom, life and natural grace in mind. What better place to show them than where dance is made.”
Words: Brooke McCord.