I feel like a dummy, because until this season, I’ve never really taken a serious look at Margaret Howell‘s fashion. Actually, I don’t think the designer calls her work ‘fashion’: it’s far, far from disposability and every season newness. The London-based label’s unfussy, quiet way of being is as charming, as the clothes it produces. The spring-summer 2020 is a classical Margaret Howell line-up: utilitarian, tailored, minimal, but not austere. The loosely-fitted, short-sleeved shirt-dress (that came in different colours and a Lucienne Day graphic pattern) is one of the very few pieces I’ve seen this season that instantly becomes the fine thing to really invest in. Suiting, with higher buttoning, looser cut jackets worn with tapering trousers tucked into slouchy socks and flat leather sandals, other times collared shirts atop Bermuda shorts. Everything kept in a beautiful, warm, earthy colour palette. It’s a yes, yes, yes!
Collage by Edward Kanarecki.