LONDON | In June on a temperate evening overlooking the private, leafy garden of London’s Belgrave Square – specially invited guests crossed the portico of a grandiose, white stuccoed mansion, sentineled by proud classical columns. One by one, beautiful people ascended the spiral stairway that opened into an ornate, high-ceiling reception elegantly lit by bohemia crystal chandeliers. The quintessentially British mise en scène harmoniously blended with a very Caribbean vibe: pulsating rhythms, happy faces sipping swizzle cocktails and rum punch, as delicious canapés disappeared from salvers passing through the crowd. Trinidad menswear design brand, Millhouse was in London delivering a cogent Caribbean fashion overture, orchestrated by GCaribbean Magazine.
Intersection: The Caribbean Meets Savile Row
Evocatively titled, ‘Intersection: The Caribbean Meets Savile Row‘, Millhouse, led by brand owners Coline Baptiste-Mills and Gregory Mills, had touched down in London only a few hours earlier, arriving in the fashion capital of the world with a Spring/Summer 15 (SS15) collection to present of Day 1 of LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN LC:M (London Fashion Week’s spring/summer menswear event), 15 – 17 June, 2014. What anticipation!
Bold! Beautiful! En Vogue!
The re-entry of Millhouse to the histrionics that characterise the Caribbean’s business of fashion, after a 2-year hiatus, and to be the first authentic Caribbean menswear label to showcase in London during the high-demand, high-stakes, most badass fashion week on the global calendar, was simultaneously an enormous risk, and a bold statement of intent of international ambitions. LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN is not about ‘pageant.’ It is about business – Caribbean designers take heed – Come prepared or stay home. Millhouse collection did not disappoint. As LC:M rolled into Day 2 and 3, it became very evident that the creative and design talents of Coline Baptiste-Mills, the London College of Fashion graduate, and the bespoke tailoring adroitness of Gregory Mills, garnered from London’s Savile Row training, had offered an assemblage that was at once commercially and internationally relevant, and 100% en vogue.
ACU|BIEN present 5 themes from LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN that illustrates Millhouse’s on-point return to the Caribbean fashion scene, and evidence of the importance Millhouse must continue to play in leading the Caribbean region into the global business of fashion, both commercially and creatively.
GCaribbean, partnered with ACU|BIEN, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Tourism, Anesta Broad Photography, and the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission in presenting Millhouse, Intersection: The Caribbean Meets Savile Row‘.
All Millhouse: Anesta Broad Photography
Hardy Amies: Sam Wilson
Jonathan Saunder, TOPMAN Design: Kensington Leverne
Christopher Raeburn: Patent Magazine
Richard Nicoll: Christopher James
Christopher Raeburn, Lee Roach: Shaun James Cox
A. Sauvage, Burberry Prorsum: Style.com
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