‘The spy who becomes me’, Orschel-Read’s dapper SS11 collection, emerged in a stream of flight style jackets, biker chic, military appeal and suited elegance. Exploring a transitionary phase of young playboy to responsible gentleman, designer Stefan experimented with contrasting fabrics and colour, indicating the old and the new.
His key pieces included beaded bias cut vests, iridescent green striped tailored trousers, exaggerated V-neck ribbed knit jumpers and modish tweed marl blazers. The collection included extremely luxurious textures from silk and cashmere to shimmering dark blue tonic material. Seventies inspired prints were also employed: polka-dot poplin, paisley and Italian bird patterned silk. Accessories were minimal – silver cufflinks with an eagle motif, reiterating the military premise throughout.
The finale ensued allowing me a second glance at the array of dandy outfits before me. Patent brogues and a peek of contrasting coloured socks, cotton shorts, skinny scarves and pin striped pleated trousers  all tickled my fancy.
After the astonishing runway show, I took the opportunity to chat with singer Nate James who had also enjoyed the proceedings, being a firm fan of Orschel-Read already. He enthused, “it was amazing. I loved the sharp cuts and those low V-neck tanks. I was a fan of the bird print too!”
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Words : Tess Stam

Illustration: KELLYANNA
Photography: Lucas Seidenfaden

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