Palmer//Harding was my favorite new discovery at the London Showrooms in NYC. The designers elaborate on the simple idea of a button-down shirt, and with inventive techniques and a monastically clean aesthetic create pieces that are subtle and graceful, like haute couture for everyday.
What fascinated me about Palmer//Harding’s work was the inventiveness in making use of relatively common materials to create details that elevate the everyday shirt into something that feels more like couture: grosgrain ribbon as weight or as soft boning, panels of semi-sheer cotton crepe laid over for texture and silhouette, small curtain weights sewn in for drape. It seemed like a harkening back to Coco Chanel’s infamous sewing of metal chains on to the hems of her jackets to make them hang well, reinvented in a manner that is wearable, modern and relevant.
I look forward to seeing to what heights they bring the simple shirt in the next few seasons, and possibly, what other iconic garments they choose to expertly reinvent.
lookbook photographs via Palmer//Harding