David Hart presented a collection that felt deeply personal for Autumn/Winter 2016.
Since debuting his ready-to-wear line back in 2013, David Hart has produced collections that always have a strong theme running through them. For Autumn/Winter 2016 his strongest reference comes from the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York which is fitting seeing as his father is a jazz musician. He also found inspiration in the work of photographer Francis Wolff and graphic designer Reid Miles.
Hart’s latest offering could be described as old-school gentleman and you can easily envision the garments being worn by musicians such as Jimmy Smith. The collection consists of Hart’s signature tailoring and evening wear but he has also included more sportswear than usual. Pieces included short-sleeve knits, cropped trousers, turtlenecks and leather bombers. Formal wear included plaid blazers, tuxedos and suits made with coated fabrics. Some ensembles were accessorized with traditional bow-ties and a classic checked print featured heavily.
The casting was made up of only black models, perhaps a tribute to famous jazz musicians or perhaps two fingers up to the dominance of white models in the industry. Either way, Hart hit the nail on the head by producing a collection made for the modern man who has a timeless aesthetic.