Savile Row hits the Andes for a great fashion moment

London’s classiest nouveau tailor Richard James went south this season with a charmingly Anglo on the move collection inspired by Latin America.


You don’t see a tasseled poncho on the Row every day, Richard James
You don’t see a tasseled poncho on the Row every day

“It was all about the first railway built over the Andes, the Transandino, which was mainly built by British finance and workers. So this is our homage to that,” explained Richard James’ current designer Sean Dixon about the 1,400-kilometer train line linking Chile and Argentina. Richard James himself is on a year-long sabbatical. We can only hope he will take along the ultimate driving machine BMW in the color palette of his show which was parked outside the showspace.


Colorful scarves to anchor the look at Richard James
Colorful scarves to anchor the look

The Latin inspiration made for a splendid show and collection staged inside the modernist showroom of BMW on Park Lane. Petrol blue suede shearling jerkins for the chill of the mountain ranges; great snazzy cabans for a natty engineer or impeccable Chesterfields in plummy hues that recalled the Andean slopes. Best of all were the fab accessories – from Inca motif scarves to a series of stunning haute Bolivian peasant hats courtesy of Locke & Roll. Also, it’s refreshing to see that Savile Row tailors have understood that they need to send out more than suits for a catwalk show and the opening look of a knitted and tasseled poncho was great.

A great-looking petrol blue shearling at Richard James
A great-looking petrol blue shearling