Huntsman launched a very special exhibition during LCM, showcasing half a century of their tailoring for acting legend and quintessential gentleman Gregory Peck. WJ London were present on the opening night as if there is one thing we like, it is a party in a prestigious Savile Row tailors.
Featuring bespoke suits from Mr Peck's personal life and silver screen acclaim, they were worn by life size mannequins mounted with Samsung tablets, making them talking heads (or headless) as guests could listen through 1950's telephones attached to each device.
Speaking of audio, an especially curated playlist had been created of Gregory's favourite music, a distinctly 1950's jazz and lounge sound, as his son Anthony explained: “These are all the songs we used to dance to together in our home, which was always full of incredible people – from Frank Sinatra to David Niven.” His son gave a speech about his life and style and then Jack Guinness took the decks playing 1960s up tempo music.
There were other beautiful items for guests to enjoy with the eyes not of a garment variety as Huntsman CEO Pierre Lagrange had brought his Aston Martin and Bentley cars to collect his close friends for the party and were parked on The Row. Gregory Peck's 1962 Oscar was lighting up the window too and his Presidential Medal of Freedom was also present, such lovely shiny things that show not only was he an accomplished actor but a superlative human being, as his medal was awarded for the great portion of his life dedicated to humanitarian and peacekeeping causes.
As well as the special guests and debonair décor and of course, those gorgeous commissioned suits, Chivas cockails and Roe Deer canapés were served which were pleasing to ones palate, especially when you are on the fashion week diet of coffee and popcorn/ nothing. Then with cologne and perfume at your disposal in the bathrooms, without the imploring presence of a toilet attendant, one felt worlds better than when they arrived, persuading one that Huntsman is a place not only for fine clothes but that furnishes a veritable elixir of life.
In conjunction with the exhibition they have resurrected the Tweed, that was Peck's very own but chosen to do it in a softer lambswool than the Shetland ones his were made with. Over 164 items were created for him, all carefully preserved and the exhibition also contained exclusive photos, home movie footage and documents owned by the Peck family.
The Gregory Peck exhibition is located at Huntsman, 11 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PS.
It will be on until July the 17th and Entry is free.
Words: Mitchell Kirkham-Cooper| Fashion Week Press | @catsandjackets