Simon Spurr Fall/Winter 2011 Men’s Collection
February 19, 2011 1 Comment
What’s the story behind this Simon Spurr? What do you say about a guy who packs New York City’s Exit Art solid, queue around the block, people spilling into traffic? High-profile fashion celebs the likes of Anna Wintour, Brad Goreski, Ed Westwick, Scott Schuman, and Nicholas Wooster rushed over and paced about in eager anticipation for the FW11 fashion show to begin.
Simon Spurr is basically a French designer, trapped in the body of an Englishman, that is based in America – and an excellent one at that. Former understudy to Hedi Slimane, the talented young designer worked for YSL in the late 90s. He quickly moved up the ranks taking over the menswear design helm at Calvin Klein in 2001, then Ralph Lauren’s Purple and Black label in 2003. By 2006, he started his own denim company called SPURR and has been winning awards while expanding the label ever since. Yes, Simon Spurr tailoring is very English Savile Row, I can admit to that. I would however, argue that the look is very French with the faintest hint of Americana mixed in.
Case in point, the FW11 collection could have easily fit into last month’s Men’s Paris Fashion Week. Take a closer look at some of the French collections past and present and you’ll see what I mean. This is a good thing. Simon is likely to secure a stronger competitive position and hence greater sales in Europe as a result. Some, including Simon himself call the latest collection a bit sinister, but aside from the eerie hoods, I don’t really see it. These are classic, well-tailored pieces that should they find a place in your wardrobe, will go the distance. My favourites include the black pin-stripped three-piece suit, the light tobacco suit, the pumpkin coloured and black chunky knit turtle neck, all of the gold buttoned jackets, black belted-trench, and grey cowl/turtle neck sweater. Excellent job, one of the strongest collections this season. For complete fashion show video click here.