Set in the most lavish host room in The Café Royal Hotel, it’s safe to say that the Nick Tentis SS14 presentation was indulgent. There are few things nicer than observing a fine suit and an even finer face over a lychee Martini or two. And it’s not just guests that get in on the cocktail action as a dozen young models parade the room, clad in sharp single breasted suits and a stemmed glass in hand.
“Being a Londoner the sharp tailored style of the Mod and Ska movements has always had a strong influence on my designs,” explains the designer himself and the evidence speaks for itself with trousers designed narrow, short and cut on the ankle to create the classic Sta-press crease. With a palate of pale blue and crisp cotton shirts in lemon, grey and black, the lax seasonal vibe is strong with tailored short separates and the iconic Harrington jacket reworked in rubberised black wool.
From tailored evening wear to outerwear, knitwear and accessories, the feel is clearly luxurious as Dermot O’Leary confirmed upon closer inspection. Bespoke city bags kept the looks distinctly cool as they swung about the calves, taking the looks from within the lush environment to the sun drenched streets of England (as rare as they are).
As the name of the capsule collection suggests, “Uptown Rudeboy” boasts an array of classic styles from a throwback age that are fresh and perfectly reflect the attitude of London Town. Contrast piping and the Fishmouth lapels show that the devil is in the detail, making these suits some of the niftiest tailoring I’ve seen so far.