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Returning to The Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street, Coventry born Oliver Spencer’s famous tailoring (as worn by rock legends from The Rolling Stones to Paul Weller and The Doves, and by movie stars from Toby Jones, Martin Freeman to Benicio Del Toro) was given a casual summer touch for SS13.

Sticking to his well-groomed roots, the initial models donned grey linen suits rolled-up at the ankles for a chino-fit. Partnered with navy leather and wood contrast derby shoes, these outfits would perfectly perform at summer soirees. Influences of Russian Modernism entered the collection later through the use of colour and exciting fabrics. Indulgent crimson blazers worn with a crispy white shirt, and absurd combinations of electric blue trousers matched with a linen waistcoat and jacket flounced up the catwalk with panache.

For the man with confidence and innate flair, there was a harmonising rose pink outfit of jacket and shirt, where the trousers had been cropped to a board short style – a new member to the Oliver Spencer signature collection. No need to look at this through rose-tinted glasses.

The collection stepped it up a gear with zesty orange trenches, red suede jackets, contrast panel shorts, linen parkas, and exotic aztec prints in complimentary schemes of purple and blue. Never to neglect fine detail, chinos were spiced up with button-up seams and suits were reshaped to incorporate aviator styles.

Oliver Spencer’s S/S13 collection is the definitive uniform for a softened luxury feel during the summer nights. You can’t knock fine English craftsmanship.

Serina Sandhu

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