The birthplace of bespoke suiting, the tuxedo jacket, the peacoat, and Dr. Martens, London is unquestionably a city of groundbreaking fashion. Twiggy, James Bond, and the Beatles were all style icons of the Swinging ’60s. Fast-forward to present day, and the fall 2013 collections are teeming with references to London town, such as Gucci’s military-style jackets and traditional English fabrics and Louis Vuitton’sluxe graphic prints, commissioned from English artists Jake and Dinos Chapman. In the Philadelphia area, British designer Jack Wills recently unveiled a boutique in Suburban Square offering university-inspired wares for men and women (Anderson and Coulter Avenues, Ardmore, 484-857-1049). The brand’s new fall assortment includes tweed sports coats, canvas parkas, tailored blazers, and knitwear.
In the most extensive tribute to British style, Bloomingdale’s will offer exclusive themed men’s and women’s pieces from more than 70 designers this fall (King of Prussia Mall, 610-337-6300). “British heritage is having a huge impact on fashion right now, with big trends including Prince of Wales plaids, tweeds, threepiece suits, and brogues,” explains Kevin Harter, vice president of men’s fashion direction for Bloomingdale’s. “Men should invest in a new tailoring piece. One of my favorites is the gray three-piece suit from Burberry London.” Brooke Jaffe, the retailer’s operating vice president and the fashion director of RTW, loves Karen Millen’s plaid dresses and the Burberry Crush handbag for women. Beatle-mania treasures like John Lennon eyeglass cuff links and HardiesAmies London suits inspired by the group are also available.