“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” This popular quote by Leonardo da Vinci comes to mind looking at the Fall 2016 Menswear Collection of E.Tautz at the London Men’s fashion week. Patrick Grant the creative director of this brand revisits last winter’s predominately grey palette, paired with subtle navy, brown and plum tones across a textural selection of materials.
E.Tautz is a ready to wear fashion label with a Savile Row aesthetic, founded in 1867 by Edward Tautz in London’s prosperous West End. The brand went quiet after years of successful tailoring. In 2009, the ‘Long-forgotten’ brand was relaunched by Norton & Sons as a ready-to-wear collection, with the collaboration of British designers Kim Jones, Richard Nicoll, Giles Deacon, and Christopher Kane.
Patrick Grant, another man behind the five year old revival of E.Tautz, believes that the brands focus is on simple pieces, handmade in the United Kingdom. He believes his collection should include clothes he would love to wear, and nothing in it should feel far away from where he feels he ought to be. The clothes showcased were all very English and had an easiness to them. Chunky dove grey knitwear is paired with charcoal pleated trousers. Autumn-appropriate finer shirting layers and bombers, with a hint of RAF silhouettes, are seen scattered throughout the collection.
One of the most interesting looks of the show was worn by Mac Phiri of AMCL Models. He was styled in a full navy look, which included a soft trench coat covering relaxed suiting and a crew neck Shetland wool sweater. Accessories were minimal, one of which consisted of a plum coloured printed scarf, tied up close to the neck. To our delight, Louboutin continued their collaboration with the brand this season, and provided the flash of red in the muted tones of the collection. The shoes from the collaboration came with a combination of woven uppers and suede with a unique summery espadrille aspect to the upper sole.
The collection was very easy on the eye, especially if your eye was set in ‘Crazy Runway Mode’. This just confirmed that the volume of masculine silhouette is expanding once more, and the fashion pieces by the brand are consistent with that. The clothes were drawn from a social setting many decades behind us, you wondered how they might fare in our everyday life especially as they are different from what you would see worn by a basic stylish man. As always the E.Tautz collection delivers a beautifully tailored and styled collection of richly appealing materials expressed in a simple way. It’s the perfect brand for the voluptuary or sensual man.
Written by Yejide Erogbogbo