Worn by everyone from athletes and artists to card-carrying members of extremely disparate political affiliations, Fred Perry’s sportswear is able to miraculously transcend social strata, while at the same time providing the unlikely and unofficial uniform for groups who want those lines kept defined and in tact. Whether you’re punk or mod, far left or alt-right, every splinter of every subculture has found comfort, quality and a refined simplicity in Fred Perry garments. And isn’t that a testament to a solid product?
An English staple since its inception in 1952, and a worldwide sensation thereafter, the label may have been founded on Perry’s tennis accolades, but at this point his name is more likely synonymous with his fashion than his forehand.
Another British designer combining function, durability and design, Margaret Howell brings a similar philosophy to her creations. Known for her hands-on approach and respect for traditional and quality materials, Howell’s versatile products are at once elegant and understated, modern and timeless.
In this collaboration, first unveiled on the runways during Fashion Week back in September, Howell delves deep into the FP archives and culls from the company’s earliest designs, reinterpreting them with a monochromatic palette. Even Fred Perry’s laurel logo, which traditionally stands out in a contrasting color, is tastefully muted. Classy, yet casual, the collection is reminiscent of the stark grandeur of a black and white photograph.
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The tennis skirt is finely pleated with a waistband adjuster, concealed side zip, and a pocket flap at the front, embroidered with the Laurel Wreath in self-color.