Our favourite boys have done it again!
As professional women, we all know how hard it is to find the perfect work wear. Garments that not only flatter our figures without being uncomfortably tight, feminine not girly but also ensure we’re keeping stylish with the right amount of edge without looking unprofessional. Which is why palmer// harding is the fashion label we can’t wait to introduce to our SS14 work wardrobes.
The design duo, Levi Palmer & Matthew Harding met at Central St Martins and launched the men’s and womenswear label in 2011. Taking a remarkably sophisticated aesthetic approach, they’ve centered their label around bringing directional, innovative design to the humble shirt, elevating it far above the ranks of a “basic” garment.”We wanted to focus on something that we felt we both could reinterpret,” Harding said. “We saw shirts as something that applied to daily life and could be something that we could explore,” Palmer added.
Although we have to wait until Sunday to see the translation of their inspiration in it’s physical form, we’ve rounded up our favourite looks from the SS14 collection. The variety of hem lengths, waistlines and layering ensure the simplistic pieces can be worked into an array of beautiful looks.
Whilst their pieces look delightfully easy to wear, there is undoubtedly a huge amount of skill involved in creating the conceptual looks. Clever construction is at the very core of their label, with complex pattern cutting and subtle fabric manipulation in the form of knots, tucks and pleats is used to elevate the simple cotton shell.
Your Coffee Break caught up with the lovely Levi Palmer, one half of the talented designer duo, at London Collections: Men earlier this year. Whilst taking a sneak peek at the men’s collection (we appreciate any man who appreciates good shirting!) we took the opportunity to talk about their upcoming AW14 collection; “This season we found inspiration in the simplicity of paper, its’ linear forms and flat planes has lead the direction of our AW 14 womenswear collection. We paralleled these traits with the work of Richard Serra which has also helped to inform aesthetic choices in design. Fabrics include our signature shirting in poplins and piques, wool meltons and technical jersey. “