I've always said of Richard Biedul, he makes fashion look annoyingly-easy. He has an utterly beguiling, insouciant way about him that just makes your eyes gravitate towards him. His flare, his wire brush hair, and when he smokes he embodies the signature look of a Parisian 60's-beat poet.
He was born in London and signed as a model in the summer of 2013. Richard made an immediate impact in London, Paris, Milan and New York walking for and shooting with some of the world’s leading fashion brands including Armani, Canali, Davidoff, Dunhill, Etro, Hackett, J Crew, La Perla, M&S, Oliver Spencer, and Paul Smith.
I loved the New & Lingwood Edmonton Linen cream suit that he wore to the St James Catwalk at London Fashion Week Men's. On day 2 he pulled out all the stops wand rocked an indigo pleated trouser and matching bomber jacket. These were some of his own designs produced in collaboration with King and Tuckfield.
They have now launched their British Heritage inspired AW18 micro-collection. This limited edition 6 piece capsule is now available for pre-order.
"It's created in a way that you can wear every item together. It’s about comfort, function and formality. It's not one above the over we wanted to create a symbiotic relationship between the two." - Richard Biedul
King & Tuckfield’s signature aesthetic fuses a distinctly British 1950’s feel, with sharp contemporary styling inspired by the colourful stories of founder Stacey Wood's family history.
"Nowadays we buy a top for £15 and forget about it. People from our parents and our grandfather’s generations would wear their clothes and cherish them, even hand them down. We need to get that back." Stacey Wood, Designer.
The design team draw daily inspiration from the way in which tradition and modernity meet on those bustling Spitalfields streets, where vintage memorabilia shops are juxtaposed with smart new sneaker stores. The brand is passionate about quality, favouring materials and craftsmanship that will endure for decades and contribute to the evolving narrative.
Jim Chapman said in the video profiling the collection "They are a good way for a guys to get away from jeans and these are colours that people need all the time."
This season’s stand out fabrics are a unique rippled corduroy in an inky navy, a steely blue moleskin and a beautiful dense twill with a combining colour palette of warm golden chestnut, rich indigo accented with bright forest green highlights.
New styles introduced include a relaxed chino, trench coat and a boxy 1950’s over-shirt. Signature pieces such as the pleat front trouser in denim, and the exquisite merino knitted polos return in new fabrications.
My thoughts on the King and Tuckfield project.
It's been quite hard for me to divorce myself from sentiment as I've met Richard a few times now. But his collaboration with Stacey has ticked every box for me. It oozes class, it defies current disposable trends and you can tell there has been a lot of heart and soul poured into these clothes.
Stand out piece?
The ribbed collar bomber jacket. Looks great over a textured polo, tailored from double dyed rich indigo slub denim using traditional denim detailing. Beautifully styled with the roll back cuffs to accentuate the casual element, finished with the dual button down breast pockets. Salute.