Margaret Howell who we are used to present collections in London is this time switching up to Paris to showcase the Fall Winter 2023 collection. The collection rounds up the perfect tailoring and that signature of British elegance Howell and her team envision better than anyone. Helping with the presentation within a newly released lookbook was photographer Mark Kean who teamed up with Fashion Stylist Beat Bolliger for the Fall Winter 2023 Margaret Howell lookbook.
‘I find the toughness of MHL. and the refinement of the Margaret Howell label works well together as a combination when styling outfits.’ – shared Margaret Howell
Howell while never upfront about it is one of the best when it comes to pulling a non-gender collection, while some of the pieces may be defined inherently as men’s or women’s within collection this sort of categorization is not pivotal for MHL. The colours dominating the pieces are charcoal, olive, fawn and cork used for fabrics such as cotton poplin and cord but also warm winter textures such as sheepskin and matt wool. One of Howell’s favourite fabrics the Harris Tweed is specially handwoven and finalized in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland for the designer. While in London the designer worked on creating boxy gilets designed in English Sheepskin seen throughout the collection in black and tan.
Margaret Howell and her team also mix in some of the archival design, bringing back the Raglan Overcoat in Check Wool. The fabric for the design was specially woven for the collection by Fox Brothers in Somerset. Their work with wool and flannels makes them one of the most respected weavers in the business, and they are contributing with Margaret Howell and her team for years now.
“An updated Kilt for women comes in a graphic check of seasonal colours. The classic wrap and pleat structure is referenced from the Margaret Howell archive. Scout uniforms inform MHL. shirting and accessories. A collarless v-neck shirt in Japanese cotton linen and triangle neck-tie scarves. Deliberately longer in length, a seasonal jerkin is useful for layering under rainwear or worn alone during warmer Autumn months. Made in double face wool woven in Scotland. Ben Nicholson’s hand painted pottery inspires a shadow striped matelot. Berets are jauntily worn over balaclavas,” adds MHL team in their notes for the press.
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