It’s no secret that The Peacock likes to see a little colour in a wardrobe – the traditional British colour palette of grey, navy and camo just doesn’t quite quicken the pulse as much as one would wish.
“To the rescue then, come Gucci, who in a debut capsule collection for online superstore Mr Porter, have used pretty much every colour known to man in a range that deserves a museum built in its honour.”
One or two of the items may at first sight appear a little challenging (yes you, Mr Slim-fit Appliqued Velvet and Paisley-Print Jersey Bomber Jacket, and your friend the shearling lined leather backless loafer.)
But for every Brixton Horsebit Leather-Trimmed Printed Satin Loafers (in yellow), there’s a Burgundy Marco Houndstooth Suit, Stripe Trimmed Houndstooth Wool Sweater, Cotton-Jacquard Shirt or Cotton Velvet Blazer that ought to come with clear and simple instructions regarding the correct treatment for hyperventilation.
Naturally, it being Gucci, their signature wit is also applied to pricing (t-shirt = £335), meaning that if your career in art forgery or currency counterfeiting is not already up and running, you may be limited to merely gazing, dreaming and muttering “One day, Jacquard Tuxedo Trousers, one day,” to yourself.
Nonetheless, if you’re of a mind to collect, here is a collection that echoes down the decades, as well as ingeniously containing echoes of decades past, such as the striped jersey sweatpants in yellow, which are so reminiscent of the warm-up gear the LA Lakers wore in the eighties.
(That particular item back then was designed in such a way that it could be ripped off at a moment’s notice like part of some sort of quick-change stage outfit – this one doesn’t have that option. You’ll have to sit down and take them off carefully over your trainers when coach points at you and tells you to get out there and crush the Celtics.)
If you’re not quite emotionally ready for something that cleverly looks backwards and forwards at the same time, but are still in the market for a great big paint pot of colour, you could do a lot worse than the simple pink wool blend sweater from Gucci’s regular collection on Mr Porter.
Mr Porter describes it as “an easy way to master the daring colour choice.”
Hear, hear, says Saint Peacock. Courage in everything, people, even knitwear.