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Fashion: Margaret Howell, British cultural exception


STORY - For fifty years, the highly respected designer has been making shirts, kilts and woolen overcoats as only the English know how to do them.

At Margaret Howell, the garment whispers rather than screams, including this Sunday morning in early March, in the middle of Fashion Week.

At 76, the designer who usually parades in London has deviated from her habits by presenting her collection for next winter in Paris, in her boutique on the Place de la Madeleine.

No seating, no jostling, no deafening music, just a hill of

butter and jam scones

and around twenty silhouettes told by Margaret


and her two right arms in charge of the man and the woman.

Who is this discreet stylist who prefers beautiful fashionable clothes?

It all started with shirts

,” she says.

The affair dates back to 1972 when the fine arts student started making them.

She saw her mother making her most of her clothes and decided to follow in her footsteps.

Inspired by a men's model in pinstripes found for a few pounds in a

jumble sale

(a thrift store in London), his men's shirts…

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Source: lefigaro

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