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Percival’s usual twist on the classics, served over a twist of something zesty.

You know those pens that everyone wanted at school, the ones that had that magic eraser at the end? Might be an idea to have one of those permanently soldered next to your calendar.

Penning or pencilling anything in your schedule is risky business these days, what with us having absolutely no idea when lockdown will wind down to a total halt.

Hence why tons of plans in the fashion world have been tip-exed, postponed, rain-checked, scrubbed-out and the like. We’ve all got used to that, though, and Plan Bs this year are the new Plan As.

British label Percival has followed suit with this new life hack, and not let a forcibly canned shoot stop them. Its SS20 collection was originally meant to be snapped on a canal boat in East London, but that plan was naturally anchored for good.

Instead, the team has deftly swapped their focus to the custom weaves and prints seen throughout the collection, and titled the new lookbook ‘Holiday From Home’, since that’s where most of us have spent our summers so far.

The collection celebrates French riviera vibes but as seen through a London-centric lens – Primrose Hill tinted glasses, if you will. Screen-printed motifs of boat life abound, from sketched palm trees to Monetian canals.

There’s also a series of summer knitwear pieces, drawing on three Portguese cotton stitching based on fishing net knotting techniques from the Riviera region. We’re hooked, naturally – the polos are wicked.

Completing the convoy are some slightly thicker layers for balmy evenings: a navy corduroy work suit, bronze corduroy trousers and a light Vincent jacket to throw over the top.

Sure, we’d have been well keen to see a shoot on a boat somewhere in the East-end. But we’re thrilled to see Percival persevere with the collection and drop something suitably sunny and feel-good – it floats our boat, no question.

The Percival SS20 Collection is available now, here

Words by Kyle MacNeill

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