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Patrick Grant showcases laid-back, wearable collection with contemporary details for E. Tautz at London Fashion Week Men's

‘In 1979 Japan released Quiet Life’, read the show notes at the E. Tautz SS18 show on Saturday morning in London. 'That’s all we ask for after the turmoil of the last 12 months’.

And when the peaceful soundtrack from Alt J kicked in it was clear that this would be a relaxing collection from the label’s designer Patrick Grant, rather than a politically charged one.

There was an overall laid-back vibe to the loose, oversized trousers and shirts in muted mood-matching shades of grey, navy and brown, although the very short shorts that resembled sporty boxers more than Bermudas bucked that particular trend.

There were hints of under garments elsewhere too, with loose pyjama-style suits, thick grandad stripes and a standout look of matching beige shorts and jacket with an obi-tie belt.

Details like tab-collar shirts, high nipped-in waist trousers and lightweight crew-neck tees worn under shirts gave a reassuring feeling of the 1940s, or even a nostalgic reminder of photographs of your own grandfather from that period. This was echoed in the beautiful woven shoes with crepe soles from Christian Louboutin and intellectual spectacles by Kirk Originals.

Boxy checked double breasted jackets, nylon bomber jackets, voluminous shirt sleeves and the skinniest of skinny ties added a more contemporary edge, though compared to some collections at London Fashion Week Men’s, this is certainly one of the more wearable ones.

The traditional feeling is fitting, since this year the brand celebrates its 150th anniversary.

@hannahrochell