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.