WORDS  Philip Livchitz

     Titled “Love is the Drug”, Oliver Spencer’s Autumn Winter 2018 collection was an ode to the love of London as well as the 70s sartorial choices employed by Bryan Ferry. With Roxy Music’s “Love is the Drug” playing in the background, the collection featured tilted fiddler’s caps, wide-lapelled double-breasted suits with rolled-up sleeves, woollen turtlenecks accompanied by chain necklaces as well as variations of Spencer’s signature Judo Pants. The collection struck an even balance between the 70s, whilst still maintaining its contemporary look.

     With regard to colours used, Spencer picked up from where he left off in his Spring Summer collection; chocolate and mustard were heavily present in all of the items on display whilst adding a healthy palette of darker charcoals and greys. The collection also featured velvet and corduroy in caps, trousers as well as suit-jackets.

     The highlight of the collection was a white double-breasted suit on a black t-shirt paired with white Judo Pants and finished off with a black fiddler’s cap and black Derby shoes. The simple, yet powerful look was worn by one of the female models walking the show to reflect the popularity of Spencer’s clothes amongst women whilst giving a stylistic nod to the likes of Françoise Hardy, the French icon of the 60’s and 70’s.