January 08, 2013 London
Howell definitely hit a timely note with her latest collection. It offered what felt like fifty shades of gray, in the nicest possible way. "A lot of fabrics only work in these colors," she explained. By that, she meant tweeds, herringbones, and flannels in soft tone-on-tone layers. Shades of earth and sky also snuck in, but the overall impression was the solidity of stone: an island off the coast of Scotland, perhaps, though that may have been the power of an argyle sweater's nostalgic suggestion. But the very notion of "power" has no place in Howell's ethos. Her new collection stayed true to her roots, harmonizing classic bits and pieces for a wardrobe of clothes designed to make you feel at one with the world.