Taking inspiration from late Renaissance portraiture, archival English silks, Greek antiquities and the 90s heyday of MTV, Edward Crutchley lifts centuries-old craftsmanship into something current, compelling and chic.
The AW17 collection is all pomp and circumstance, with references ranging from the riddling symbolism of Elizabeth I’s Rainbow Portrait to the grace of Bruegel’s Hunters In The Snow; from the vivd flora of textile designer Anna Maria Garthwaite to Miss Marple’s fictional village of St Mary Mead; from a Fustanella swaying with pride to the zeros of Korean Hanbok.
The collection features luminous technical silk jacquard, pressed wool blanketing, 18th century inspired florals printed onto fluid silk; slick high-shine nylon and ultra soft cashmere. This is trans-seasonal dressing, with oversized bombers, fitted wrap vests and a new slant on reductionist tailoring.
This season Crutchley continues to work with the very finest of craftsmen. Brass necklaces, earrings and rings are courtesy of international renowned jewellery Hannah Martin, while oval sunglasses are in collaboration with Blyszak, specialists in Precision engineered Grade A Steel and ethically-sourced Buffalo Horn frames. Knitwear is produced with Johnston’s of Elgin, makers of the softest cashmere garments in the world.
The show was styled by Julian Ganio.