"A lot of momentum from Europe has been about the suit," Simon Spurr
before his Fall show, "which is good for me." He's right, on both counts.
The sartorial took Europe by storm this season, and that's Spurr's stock-in-trade. He opened the show with a three-piece amounting to a statement of
purpose. There were nods to his other enduring preoccupations, like
militaria and sixties swingerism, but these were flourishes. So was the
play on bonding and lamination, which glossed outerwear and tricked out
jackets. Even sweaters got bonded knit on knit, with thicker gauges glommed on fine. The result flirted with the bombastic—like the houndstooth motif blown up to cartoon proportions—but it felt more playful than serious. It didn't distort the fact that Spurr makes suits and jackets, spread-collar shirts,
and slacks. Good ones.
For all the tweaks, that's a simple truth. So's the fact that, after splitting his label into high and low with Simon Spurr and Spurr lines
these past few seasons, the designer has brought them together again under
the aegis of Simon Spurr. This collection was all him, in name and
in feeling. It may not have been a whole new tack, but as collections go,
it's hard to complain about that.