For SS19 in general, we're moving towards a more tailored look to finally end up with a full bloom on suits and bespoke in AW19. Grenfell lands somewhere in between sporty and preppy, which lands well with our Fashion Editor, Thomas Falkenstedt, who strives to dress his age while keeping his sporty touch.
To describe Grenfell I would not use a term formed from the concepts ‘athletic' and ‘leisure'. I'd also not use ‘dapper'. I'd rather use its predecessor ‘preppy'. Readers might know me as a history nerd and Grenfell doesn't let us down on that account, while giving us a background in to how sporty and preppy got to meet.
Sir Wilfred Grenfell travelled to Newfoundland frequently from 1892 up until the 1920s. Charles Lindbergh only crossed the Atlantic in 1927 therefore Sir Wilfred Grenfell had no option but to sail. Sailing was added to the long list of outdoor pursuits generally associated with the Grenfell brand, such as mountaineering/hiking, riding, climbing, shooting, etc. Not unexpectedly, yachting was hence the overriding theme for the spring/summer 2019 collection.
The collection takes the form of colour-blocked, water repellent, multi-pocketing sailing jackets, some with contrast elastic drawstring cords, reminiscent of sailing ropes.
The classic Naval Pea Coat was re-imagined as a parka in a lightweight Storm System wool with a breathable waterproof membrane, trimmed with tonal anchor metal buttons and large sail eyelets.
The iconic overhead Cagoule was made in poncho proportions from a coated oil skin-type cotton in sou’wester yellow.
The Golfer Jacket, one of Grenfell's most iconic styles, came in the classic yachting colours such as Sail Red, Bone White, Royal Blue and a beautiful Pale Rose-pink.
Although the collection was given a sailing makeover, the styles maintained an adaptability for many outdoor pursuits, sailing being only one of them. If you, like myself, might not be as outdoorsy as you would wish to be, you could still tag along for this stylish urban look.
You will soon find the collection on Grenfell's website.
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