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Inspired by the impeccable style of influential mid-century British artists, AW17 sees King & Tuckfield continue to solidify their signature sartorial denim look while weaving threads of their family heritage into this season’s collection.
Working with mood images of artists in their studios, vintage inspired silhouettes have been reimagined in fine but modest fabrics. King & Tuckfield’s signature Merino wool and Japanese denim, now in a washed offering, is still prominent lending a utilitarian stroke to tailored pieces. Neppy Indigo tweed, an addition for AW17, adds further textural interest for a brand that prides itself on the quality and construction of its materials.
Inspired by the pioneering genderless styling of female painters, the latest collection blends feminine shapes with polished men’s tailoring. A structured shirt dress with oversized pocket and side button detailing takes inspiration from their studio attire whilst a beautifully cut wrap dress in corduroy, worn over matching trousers, is a tribute to English sculptor Barbara Hepworth.
King and Tuckfield is a master of denim and this season the brand welcomes a new addition to its women’s line-up of jeans – the Marion, a high waisted style with a dramatic wide leg. The deep cuff and exaggerated silhouette are held perfectly by the stiffness of the Japanese selvedge cloth. A staple for the season, the Marion compliments the established offer of real jeans in rigid denims that King and Tuckfield is becoming known for.
Painter Lucien Freud, King of the pleated trouser, is a key reference for the men’s AW17 line and the season’s signature looks borrow directly from his archive. Worn with an almost rebellious elegance, wide leg pleated wool trousers stop just short of the ankle and are paired with a heavy fisherman knit in a luxurious wool cashmere blend. Taking inspiration from an archive photograph of musician Glen Gould, classic oversized suits and merino polos are brought into the modern day with the addition of a subtle stripe.
The colour palette for this season sees bold orange, amber browns and signature bright blues contrasted against the brand’s denim core. Continuing to build on King & Tuckfield’s underlying ethos, telling stories and looking at the founder’s heritage for influence, AW17 takes its essence from a 1950s family photograph from Stacey’s past. King & Tuckfield’s ability to look back and be inspired by history yet develop and transform it into something resonant with today, is encapsulated throughout this season’s strong yet timeless offering.