© by Ben Sherman
The notion of An Englishman in New York conjures up images of the discerning, well travelled gentleman, curious and intrepid in his quest to discover the foreign and the fascinating. It is from this timeless, almost heroic character that The Plectrum Collection takes its inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2011/12, delivering a collection that captivates the very essence of this eccentric gentleman; the Englishman in New York.
A silhouette defined by an eclectic mix of old English and military influenced design is made contemporary through their introduction to modern textures, technical fabrics and traditional wool in innovative fabrications. Knitwear features tweedy yarns, Fair Isle designs and a belted long-line cardigan sees knits being worn as outerwear. Colour blocking appears within shirting, while an antiqued theme lending the shirts a lived-in look reminiscent of disheveled luxury, runs across drops. Outerwear is key, with statement pieces such as the iconic duck-down Parka and a fantastic coated technical marl gilet taking centre stage. Dynamic trims come through in the form of shearling collars and heavy twill linings, whilst flamboyant checks punch through muted knit colours, elevating the pallets autumnal tones. Today, the attitude and aesthetic of the Englishman in New York remains a supremely timeless image the world over.
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