UNIFORM | Margaret Howell


Photo of Margaret Howell by Olivier Hess.

I get asked now and again who my favorite designers are and I rarely know how to answer that question because there are so many that I like and so many that I like some of but not all of. But then, there's Margaret Howell. An MHL field jacket hangs in my closet from last fall that I have such fondness for that I decided to comb through as many past Margaret Howell collections as I could find and quickly realized there's nothing she's ever designed that I don't really really like. In a recent article in The Wall Street Journal Magazine Howell said she designs for "the modern woman, who doesn't want to be restricted" and you can tell from her designs that the British designer started out by making men's shirts (and then quickly realized women wanted them) because Howell's designs have a certain respect for practical staples that is so appealing and what I personally think is lacking in women's clothing today. I hate not being able to readily find something that's classic but high quality, when at any given moment there's 900 versions of whatever is trending that season but will be tossed two months later. I guess Howell feels the same. In the WSJ article she said, "I don't like variations on a theme. I like to get it all into one thing, and get it right. And when I like something, I usually like it for a long time."

Now we just need to convince her to open up a store in the U.S.

Photos from Margaret Howell's S/S 2013 collection.

13 comments:

Rehmat said...

Lovely style you have wear ,i appreciated your designers work.

Men and women clothing

evencleveland said...

Right on. Most of what's on the racks lately bums me out – too much over-tailored Kardashian-wear or unstructured box clothes. MHL is a welcome antidote. Fingers crossed for a shop in the US.

mamavalveeta03 said...

Fantastic! Her style is timeless.

Seppo Marx said...
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Seppo Marx said...

I love it, too! Wish Just the look I want. I went to her page to see her current collection. Had to laugh at the words "summer wool" :D I'm in Texas and that's an oxymoron. Anyway, love the classic styles.

Connie said...

Oh yes! I've been copying her designs the best that I could for years! If she opened a store here in the US I'd be there in a flash!

karentempler said...

AMEN! to every word of this.

Anonymous said...

Let's get some more tomboys of color please. Janelle Monae, Queen Latifah, Teyana Taylor, TLC, M.I.A, Michelle Rodriguez, Shoko Tendo, and many more. Please show more ethnic versions of tomboys.

Dana said...

What a wonderful article! Love your blog and your style!

Dana
http://www.keepyourpantson.com/

Second Floor Flat said...

Love Margaret Howell and her products. So simple, beautiful, and well made.

Second Floor Flat said...

Love Margaret Howell and her products. So simple, beautiful, and well made.

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