Fashion design is a kind of autobiography for the designer. Serena Bute’s latest collection harks back to the decade she spent in Jamaica with a two-tone motif: shirts and trousers, divided half-and-half in striped or checked Oxford cottons.

Maybe it’s the stripes, but there’s a utilitarian flair, like Dickies’ workwear. Poplin shirts borrow details from classic men’s tailoring: reinforced cuffs, a little gusseting, buttonholes at the neck so you can button on a collar. The colour palette for this group is pale blues and pinks, as fresh and light as a gingham check.

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Serena contrasts this with shirts and trousers in saturated colours – cyclamen, emerald, teal, a sahara orange – which add a slightly dressier drama, especially when they’re played off against each other. But, as always, these pieces are marked by their versatility, and their extravagant ease.



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