LFWMen’s January 2019 – Oliver Spencer Dedicates His Show To Casely Hayford
It was very sad to hear that fashion designer, tailor and down-to-earth gentleman, Mr. Joe Casely-Hayford had passed away earlier this month after a three-year battle with cancer. A prominent name from the mid-eighties his early departure has been deeply felt across the fashion sector and today (7th Jan 19) at LFWMen’s Oliver Spencer dedicated his AW19 show to him.
Terms such as ‘sustainability’ and ‘slow fashion’ seem to have come to the fore of late, however, for designers such as Spencer they have been present from the off. Spencer’s brand is all about quality, luxury and eco fabrics that look the part and feel great against the skin whilst having minimal impact on the environment. With these sumptuous textures he creates the staples that his clients know and love, such as tailored jackets, velvet suits, Alpine knits, bomber jackets, pleated trousers and oversized patchwork shirts. No catwalk theatrics to see here – just desirable clothes that can be worked into many a stylish man’s wardrobe.
Taking us on an Alpine Journey Spencer contrasts the hard lines of tailoring with his tactile velvets and knits in a palette of stone, taupe, moss, alpine forest, midnight blue and black. It was also encouraging to know that one of his fabric standouts – a woollen seersucker was home-grown in Lancashire. Spencer announced in his accompanying press release that ‘2019 is the year of slow fashion’ and with growing environmental concerns highlighted across the press and social media let’s hope he is right.