June 16, 2014 London
Even—or especially?—without the deep thoughts behind it, this was an excellent collection that looked as effortless as it was interesting, and it was full of great ideas. T-shirts and shirts were finished off with a trim lifted from a suit jacket, and fabrics were made to look like they belonged in a winter wardrobe, despite being ultra-light and summery—"heavy" pinstripe was in fact 100 percent linen.
Skinhead style was a recurring idea in the collection: in the sporty, deconstructed Chesterfield coats in georgette worsted mixed with nylon and the bomber jackets reimagined as floor-skimming, lightweight raincoats. There was even the ultra-reduced version, a white T-shirt with the letters "S K I N" (as if the word itself could conjure the style). Casely-Hayford's rationale is to juxtapose the sartorial with the anarchic, a quintessentially British endeavor if ever there was one. And while there have been very radical and forward-looking propositions on the menswear agenda in London this season, it's difficult to envision a more alluring and sharper outing than this one.