Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Remembering ... THE ENGLISH GENTLEMAN Savile Row and St James's / Tuesday 7th January 2014 Cabinet War Rooms, London.

Through 'The English Gentleman', now in its 3rd Season, Savile Row tailors and the gentlemen's houses of St James's continue to present the finest collections, in the most iconic and exclusive settings in London.


Savile Row and St James's

6.00pm – 8.00pm, Tuesday 7th January 2014

Cabinet War Rooms, London, SW1A 2AQ

This January, for London Collections: Men, the bespoke tailors of Savile Row and The Woolmark Company, along with London’s best shirt & shoes makers and hatters, will present the modern face of British elegance to an international audience made up of buyers and journalists. The presentation is a reminder of the fact that London is the world capital of masculine style, and has been for over two centuries.
Anda Rowland, Vice Chairman of Anderson & Sheppard

For the last 3 months, the entire Anderson & Sheppard team has been working on the organisation of the latest group presentation for London Collections: Men.  The collection included 80 models and some volunteers who were new to the modelling world.

Sir John Standing, Kenneth Cranham, AA Gill, Sir Michael Gambon and Oliver Cotton took up residence in the Chiefs of Staff Conference Room in the Cabinet War Rooms wearing Anderson & Sheppard.  They were joined by David Furnish who wore a bespoke suit made by Henry Poole & Co.

Seated around the wooden conference table at which Churchill, Vice-Admiral Louis Mountbatten and the heads of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force masterminded Britain’s war effort, Sir Michael and his companions were admired by members of the international press and other guests. Writing for The International New York Times, Suzy Menkes reported that the presentation: “was a wistful, yet powerful visual creation of what ‘Britishness’ used to stand for in men’s fashion – and proof that the images of that era still look relevant seventy years later.”

The presentation was styled by Jo Levin and produced by Anderson & Sheppard and Sammy Aki.

The London Collections: Men presentation at The Cabinet War Rooms was inspired by the Jonathan Cape book Cecil Beaton Theatre Of War.  The book’s editor Mark Holborn is an Anderson & Sheppard customer.
The definitive collection of Cecil Beaton's war photography, drawing on a wealth of material and accompanied by his own diary entries

At the beginning of World War II Cecil Beaton was commissioned by the British government to photograph the home front. He set to work recording both the destruction of the city, and the heroism of Londoners under attack. He conducted a survey of Bomber and Fighter Commands for the RAF, which was published with his own astute commentary. Beaton was an effective propagandist, but his voice, like his photographs, was touchingly elegant. Beaton's wartime work amounted to 7,000 photographs. He traveled through the Western Desert and on to Iraq, Palestine, Transjordan, Syria, and India, where he photographed the final days of the Raj in New Delhi and Calcutta before joining the Burma campaign. He ended the war deep in Chinese territory where he witnessed the Nationalist resistance to the Japanese. This collection of Beaton's masterful WWII photography captures the home front, the Middle East, arms and vehicle manufacturing in Britain, India, the Burma Campaign, and the war in China. It also includes a chronology placing events in Beaton's life alongside developments in photography, journalism, and the arts; war photography; and world events. His original photographs are reproduced large on the page, alongside his diary extracts, allowing for deep scrutiny and appreciation of the images and their artist.

http://www.FashionTV.com/videos LONDON - FashionTV heads underground in SW1A, where the Cabinet War Rooms come alive with models in attire that is a modern interpretation of the wool clothes and styles worn in the 1940's. Models and friends of Savile Row showcased eighty different outfits befitting a moment in the life of the English Gentleman at the Cabinet War Rooms.The English Gentleman event is designed to highlight Merino Wool yarns, fabrics and garments produced by some of the world's most prestigious manufacturers and tailors which demonstrate the craftsmanship and luxurious detailing.

"Help Britain's war effort. Wear wool

Appearances: Michael Gambon

Music: Count Basie - Tune Town Shuffle

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