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Simon Spurr Womenswear S/S11

Spurr injects some of his British heritage with modern dandyism

Having worked for both Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, Brit designer Simon Spurr knows a thing or two about the American take on fashion. But, since showing his own brand at New York Fashion Week, it’s his English heritage that has brought him accolades. And looking at his S/S11 collection you can easily see why. Using a warm and cosy colour palette (Mustard Yellow, plum, pink etc), Spurr is taking a modernised version of dandyism to Manhattan. Check three-piece suits, trench coats, stripy blazers; they were all part of the Sunday lunchtime show. There was an unusual big amount of scarfs shown for a summer collection but, of course, you can take the boy out of Britain but you can’t take Britain out of the boy…

Dazed Digital: What was the starting point for the collection?

Simon Spurr: I was looking at late 60s and early 70s fashion, adding Savile Row details and engineered striping.

DD: How would you describe the brand?

Simon Spurr: As bringing British sensibility to American fashion…

DD: Did you have other sources of inspiration?

Simon Spurr: I looked a lot towards infantry and cavalry jackets, but I added a modern, clean and sophisticated touch to them.

DD: Favourite piece in the show?

Simon Spurr: The washed goat skin jacket in the black and white section.