Margaret Howell A/W 2018

Margaret Howell A/W 2018

The designer pulls her socks up for a collection exploring proportion, paisley and the great outdoors

Mood board: on the British fashion scene Margaret Howell has become a well known stalwart in expertly crafted utility dressing, building on workwear codes, organic tones and a touch of the school boy or girl in her repertoire. But it was new proportions and prints that got front rowers talking as they filed out of the brand’s regular show space at Rambert’s headquarters. Amongst well loved men’s and women’s classics in organic hues, like trenchcoats, mélange knitwear, plaid shirts and tweed tailoring, there came paisley prints in antique shades of pink, ochre and blue, baggy drop crotch trousers and outerwear in new proportions.

Best in show: For women, a wax jacket came cropped and with a cinching narrow silhouette, and for men windbreakers came oversized and with loose collars or folded across the body with a utility belt. Think Margaret Howell for camping trips to outdoor pursuits. Howell also updated her kilt signature for women, printing her pleats with paisley, offsetting her colourful tones with a black roll neck jumper.

Finishing touches: there were navy-inspired berets and sailor-friendly bobble hats. There was a touch of teddy boy to the collections styling too, with looks paired with white ankle socks and groove soled lace up shoes and boots.