Richard James SS14

Cool Wool reflects the colour-drenched hour after a warm summer's day


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The Spring/Summer 2014 collection of Richard James captures that cool, colour-drenched hour when the spent summer sun slips away from another long day and the dark of night steals in, bringing with it a fresh energy and delicious sense of expectation.



This is the hour for strange effects in light and shade - enough to make a colourist go delirious.
Sundown Lights by Walt Whitman.

Sundown, as Richard James says, is a prismatic prelude to the hidden pleasures of the evening ahead, a time to reappear refreshed and bask in the warm afterglow of the day under a sky swathed in deep reds, pinks and oranges.

His Spring/Summer collection is a markedly sensuous collection that is defined by exquisitely light fabrics - including Cool Wool - soft, largely unstructured and unlined precision-cut tailoring and bold, playful prints and strokes of colour.

Fine worsted Cool Wool fabrics feature prominently throughout the Savile Row designer’s tailoring and casual wear.

"Wool has got lighter and lighter and lighter so for this summer Cool Wool is fantastic," he says. "It does feel very good next to the skin - very much so."

The suits are cut in a way that there is no need for a synthetic lining, so the lightweight Merino wool is worn next to your skin, feeling very luxurious.

Made from incredibly fine and light Merino wool, Cool Wool is the must have fibre for Spring/Summer and warmer climates, providing comfort and perfect drape even under the warmest sun.

Richard James at London Collections: Men Richard James at London Collections: Men

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