Introducing: Margaret Howell

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La Garconne Blog

Some designers you just can’t help but feel a kismet affinity for…. we feel this with the latest addition to our designer index, Margaret Howell.  Launched in 1972 from a kitchen table in South East London, Margaret Howell designs the kind of clothes that  have an androgynous uniform-like quality, riffs on staples of British wardrobes – the shirt, the trench, the duffle coat.

On her Fall 2011 runway, models wearing various incarnations of these staples reminded us of past cinematic and literary heroines, looking like chic Mattie Ross‘s and  Badland’s Sissy Spaceks.  No wonder her clothing has popped up in unexpected movie moments – Jack Nicholson wore his own Margaret Howell corduroy jacket in Kubrick’s The Shining.    Howell’s photo campaigns, black and white portraits of Margaret Howell girls and boys, convey this mood of cultural history, using models like Dree Hemingway (Ernest progeny) and Alana Zimmer working a Shelly Duvall awkward beauty.   Maybe it’s this sense of history that led to a commission from the Victoria & Albert Museum – if you’ve ever found yourself being coveting the Howell-designed uniforms of the museum’s staff that’s why.

To introduce the line on the site, we shot the collection on our gamine of the moment, Taylor Warren (who we think has a very Audrey Horne aura about her, speaking of favorite cinematic heroines…)

Click to visit Margaret Howell and MHL by Margaret Howell at La Garçonne…

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