By Hackett’s definition, the gentleman who is in control is: “the owner of the sailing team or stable who participates by orchestrating events and by being the driving force behind these winning teams” and it is this gentleman who is at the centre of their latest collection. Hackett is recreating and updating the look and style of British menswear at classic sporting events and fusing that into the collection with a focus on lightness and fluidity.
The collection was hosted at London Collections: Men, with the opening showing the Riviera section. Here, the blues and clean whites were shown, along with the formality of the quality dressing and the dominate separates. Hackett realises that the sporting gentleman “continues to look the part throughout the day” thus, the elegant micro patterns are on show, featuring polka dots, flowers and horses.
The gentleman, to whom the collection is based on, has many sporting events and each outfit has to accommodate that. The next, therefore, is the weekend at the polo which brings off-white and creams. Tweeds and signature tailoring create a perfect backdrop. This section is eclipsed with the knitted polo shirts and modern ease dressing.
The finale was influenced by the Henley Regatta, cricket and the Boat Race. For these, there were crisp whites and boating strips. This section was to encapsulate the thrill of racing and the energy of the game. With an injection of adrenaline it finished with cashmere and silk knitwear.
Hackett’s SS15 collection is an ode. An ode to sporting events and an ode to the fashion that we, as gentlemen, obtain when we go to these events. Sport, like fashion, is something to look forward to and something to experience. To experience more of Hackett’s collection, check them out here.