WEDNESDAY, 31 MARCH 2021
THE STYLE COUNCIL
Reflections on the stylistic evolution of Paul Weller’s second act.
The Jam achieved great success fusing a mod image and punk sound with lyrics galvanized by a working-class life but at the height of his success Paul Weller felt drawn to something new. He created The Style Council with keyboardist Mick Talbot and pioneered an experimental blend of jazz, pop and R’n’B. The reformed group took on a matured soulful direction as the look became more preppy and polished, but still anchored with Mod Heritage.
“When I do look back, that was the most fun I ever had in my career,” Paul Weller said of his days in the sequel ensemble.
The colour palette in this collection shifts into warm utility hues with gold metal and navy, reflecting the blend of Prep and Mod. Knitwear becomes key as we enter the cooler months, and layering can be well employed with knitted jumpers and coats paired together.
Warm and tactile fabrics bring comfort and cable knitwear is the prime piece to invest in through Autumn. Moving into winter it can be mixed with a heavyweight jacket to create a fresh outfit with an edge of street style. Decadent corduroy in utility garments deliver the perfect blend between practical and well dressed.
RHYTHM AND BLUES
Shake, Rattle and Roll. This is Rhythm and Blues.