10 May 2009

Autumn Wishlist: Hickey


Coming in as the more casual side of the New York based tailoring establishment, Hickey Freeman, Hickey quite literally left me yearning for autumn with their latest Fall '09 collection. With a background in fine tailoring, the understandable challenge for Hickey would no doubt be to try and make the clothing relevant to a younger market, without stepping away from their heritage. Their traditional expertise however is thankfully not lost in their latest collection, and dare I say that I find it far more exciting than their tailoring line?

The first thing I took in from the collection were the casual woolen suits. The suits employed in the Hickey collection featured beautifully tailored grey, plaid and navy wools, alongside a wonderfully plush dark mustard. The cuts are decidedly classic, well constructed and closely cut, yet not restrictive in their fit, allowing for a more relaxed feel. Keeping to these simple colours, allowed for the cut and quality of the suits to truly shine. I enjoyed the styling of the suits with the woven navy ties and white pocket squares, which were in keeping with the more casual feel, yet gave a certain refined touch nevertheless.

I found the cut of trousers, with the rather larger turn up quite interesting. It is odd to think that in hearing such a design, I would not think of it all that favourably. Yet in seeing the results, I must admit that I find them appealing. I was also drawn to the length, in that they fall just right for the ankle boots and low profile lace ups that they were paired with. Indeed the pairing in the suit looks with the brown lace up ankle boots allowed for a wonderfully comfortable autumnal look. Carrying on along the footwear front, I was rather taken by the brown crepe soled boots that were prominent in the collection. The supple leather and deep brown colouring made me think that they would age beautifully given a season or two of wear, without looking worse for wear.

I was also drawn to the classic knitwear, especially the blue and white woolen piece. The use of the woolen knits over the plaid shirts, allowed for a relaxed and warm look, that seemed perfect for an autumnal afternoon walk. Indeed the use of the wools and thick cottons throughout the collection gave a wonderful sense of warmth and comfort to the looks, which are definitely an appealing factor in light of the colder months. The thick cotton trousers with the frontal flap pockets were also an interesting decision. The pockets were actually lined up against the centre seam, and placement gave a fascinating shape to the trousers.

I enjoyed the subtle visual depth to the looks. The patterned shirts, just peeking over the top of the thick knits, or the mirroring of the coat lining with the plaid, added a rich visual to each look. Indeed the subtle linings given to the pieces were an appealing touch. One notes the silk polka dot lining on the woolen shawl collar jumper, or the plaid lining to the row of buttons on the cardigan.

It is the small details in clothing design, which I feel give the collection such strength. I shall always appreciate designers who really do pay attention to the small details such as those found in this collection. For although others may not always notice, it is the enjoyment that the wearer obtains themselves that matters most.

The collection as a whole had a clear quality of construction and fabrics, which combined with the classic fits and beautiful detailing gave it a wonderful appeal. Indeed given the opportunity, I would love to try these outfits for autumn and winter. Although summer is tentatively stepping her foot through the doorway, I am already excited for potential autumnal outfits.

On a side note, if the model looks familiar, you may have seen him on The Satorialist. In the space of two years, he went from this...


...to this!

(I definitely love this look more than his previous, and am more than somewhat jealous of his beard)

Currently playing: La Camisa Negra - Juanes

xxxx

45 comments:

  1. Is it weird ot say I am quite attracted to his goatee?!

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  2. there are so many things i want to know about that man...beard or no, he might be the coolest ever. plus, he looks great in those clothes.

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  3. So manly. Love the short trench.

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  4. Its like he just gets better with age. Some great sweaters, too.

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  5. Those suit look some thing to be proud of wearing yet ready for anything. Cool about the model too.

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  6. i was about to say i had seen him on the sartorialist before. quite the transformation! it makes me curious how it came about.

    the clothes is pretty basic, it's good, but the model definitely ups its cool factor.

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  7. The models looks so fucking cool with the beard!!!
    I wouldn't mind the dufflecoat!

    I'm kinda jealous on his beard aswell..

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  8. Wow what a difference a beard makes!! More models should be like him!

    That cranberry cardigan looks so great.

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  9. I like him and this new look :D

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  10. Professor Badass!

    http://i40.tinypic.com/2wns6pu.jpg

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  11. these looks are so well tailored and just so classy. lovesss!

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  12. I guess Mr Roger's cardigan is still going to be Hot...COOL classic!!! Enjoy the weekend ! XO*

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  13. I loveee this model! He looks kind of badass, and yet offers something different to what could have been a very stiff campaign.
    I love Hickey Freeman suits - I was in NYC yesterday and walked through the store wishing that I knew more people who wore the suits (and hinted this towards my boyfriend to his dismay ;)
    I love this post, my dear!
    And yessss, I am obsessed with Planet Earth and Skins... you guys really do have some of the best shows over in England. And yayy for the Goonies - that is one of my all time favorite movies, and never ceases to remind me of my childhood!
    Have a fantastic rest of your weekend, my dear.

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  14. Wauwie what a difference! Pretty amazing! haha if I was a boy I would be jealous too, ;).
    Thanks btw for your sweet comment!

    xx

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  15. sometimes, i wish i was a boy. the model is fantastic! what a transformation.

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  16. love that first outfit!

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  17. love that first outfit!

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  18. My kid is diffidently going to be styish as long as he or her can be a kid in the clothes=)

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  19. Woahh, I love the transformation, I prefer the second look as well.

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  20. WHAT!!!!!!!
    You've seen Luke Pritchard in reality??? When someone was touching his HAIR???? OMG, I'm soooo moving to London..
    Dude, I beg you, please sent me the URL of that pic.. PLEASE..
    (these pic's are really cool bdw.. it looks awesome that he stays in the same frame, but his clothes change...)
    xx

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  21. BDW, you go to the same hairdresser as Luke?? I love your hair even more then before now!!!

    xx

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  22. Hahaha, well, I love your hair anyway :P..
    I would kill to be able to see Luke in reality, in real-life-reality.. I mean, concert-reality is also great.. but real-life-reality is much better:P
    I just love the guy:P
    xx

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  23. i think i prefer his old look , somehow d new look makes him look 10 yrs older :o]

    Love collection :o]

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  24. What a beard! I love the use of atypical models, and it's nice to see face heair beat the clean shaven just for once!

    Have been sidling accidently onto your blog for a while now, so will have to actually add you to my blog roll!

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  25. I love their tailoring! The last look is my favorite. It's amazing to see how clothes can transformed a guy and that beard is strangly attrative! xxoxoxo

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  26. Thank you so much for the note..oh, you have nothing to worry about..that beard..your's is great.

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  27. I like his style! Great collection.

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  28. I have to get through summer first. He is a man's man..for sure. He does know how to wear these.

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  29. I love the clothes but I definitely love his beard more.

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  30. I love this line... and this new look of his is much more interesting.

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  31. Hey Dapper Kid. These are all so awesome. That is one cool dude. I think all of these are amazing. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. I hope you've had a fantastic weekend. Cheers!

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  32. I would wear every single piece of that collection. Amazing. And beards for the win.

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  33. heiy.. it has been years i haven't talk with you.. hei you! yes, you! i miss you!!

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  34. I'm sure even without a beard this collection would look good on anyone ;-) Though that beard definitely ups the cool factor.

    I especially love the knits and the outerwear. Thanks for posting - I now have some inspiration what to get my guy for his b-day...

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  35. Fab review! I loooove those bespoke suits!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  36. WOW! Hickey has a new fan! The cuts on those suits are impeccable. I need to get a closer look this fall!

    ...and dude's beard is sick. I thought he was some 50-yr-old dude who just happened to be in incredible shape. LOL

    +Ivan McK

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  37. I love how vareid your musical taste is. When I say to some people I listen to salsa music, or classical, or folk or ocuntry, they look at me and go 'really?'. And I prefer him with the beard. Definitely.

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  38. i feel silly saying this, but i think the last outfit is my favorite. i can't believe the most simple outfit is the best looking one!

    thanks for the mother's day wishes! i hope you had a great day!

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  39. If he were someone else, the beard would probably make him look sloppy, but the air surrounding him created a very elegant, original, and respectable look.
    I tried to finish reading American Psycho, but I got to a scene so disturbing that I literally couldn´t go on. I´m giving myself a few weeks of recovery before finishing the book.

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  40. If he were someone else, the beard would probably make him look sloppy, but the air surrounding him created a very elegant, original, and respectable look.
    I tried to finish reading American Psycho, but I got to a scene so disturbing that I literally couldn´t go on. I´m giving myself a few weeks of recovery before finishing the book.

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  41. 100% agreement. Including the beard.

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