‘The Trainspotters’ is the new Fall/Winter 17 collection from Kestin Hare, which draws inspiration from Britain’s long standing fascination with railways and the cult British pastime of trainspotting. Outerwear has been influenced by durable, practical garments with hidden details which would have been suitable for long cold days on draughty platforms battling against the elements. Pull over-the-head smock parkas and technical seam-sealed hooded styles reference 70s kagool styles, with the idea that these can be layered over or under the other garments in the collection.
The bold colour blocked train exteriors of the 60s and 70s lend themselves to this season’s colour palette, with flashes of teal, burnt orange and burgundy mixed with a strong neutral base of navy, grey and olive. Texture and pattern across the selection of shirting and outerwear is reminiscent of the seat upholstery and carpets of the carriage interiors of the same period.
Considered design details are present across the range, with large map pockets on jackets, stitched pen pockets across shirting and striped woven tape used throughout the collection inside trouser waistbands and hanging neck tag details, again drawing parallels with the colour blocked train striped exteriors. Fabrics include a combination of Hare’s love for technical materials, off set with superfine Harris Tweed, boucle wool and tartan.