NZFW Behind-The-Seams: Rembrandt Design Manager Jonathon Hall

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue... Rembrandt Design Manager Jonathon Hall reveals why this familiar bridal saying is perfectly suited to men.

What are you most excited about in the lead-up to the New Zealand Weddings Magazine Collection Show?

The opportunity to inspire prospective brides and grooms by presenting a collection of tailoring that ranges from very relaxed to very formal.

Like many brides and grooms may experience before their big day, are there any nerves?
I’m big on details and being organised, so if something goes wrong it’ll be something that’s out of my control. There’s no point stressing out about things you can’t control.

What is the inspiration behind this collection?
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue...

This year Rembrandt celebrates 70 years, that’s really old for a New Zealand fashion brand. We’ve included a 70-year-old tie design that our Italian maker has reproduced for us, as well as pocket squares made from vintage fabrics.

Everything we’re showing is from our new collection, produced from the latest fabrics in slim, modern styles.

It’s not just brides who wear something borrowed. Grooms often wear cufflinks or some other piece of jewellery that belonged to a family member. For this show, Rembrandt is borrowing some of my own pieces, including a pair of gold and mother of pearl cufflinks, and a vintage tie bar.

Something blue? Our whole collection celebrates this colour. It's the colour associated with men since the day they’re born and it stands for purity, love and fidelity – and of course blue is the colour du jour when it comes to men’s fashion.

What can we look forward to when it comes to your runway looks?
Beautiful fabrics that have been beautifully tailored. Jackets and trousers that are slim but never tight. Tailoring that is, on the whole, lighter and more relaxed than you’d expect. Almost half of our collection consists of 'broken suits', that is; jackets with separate trousers, including a stand-out double-breasted jacket made from Italian linen and cotton cloth. It’s a great look. You’ll also see florals , both in the form of printed shirts and silk flowers worn on lapels.

How do you edit the menswear that will be shown at Fashion Week?
A strong theme is essential. Without it, creating a cohesive eight looks would be almost impossible.

What is your all-time favourite fabric and why?
You really can’t go past pure wool for creating beautiful fabrics that feel great to wear.

What is your advice to a groom that wants to stand out among his groomsmen?
First and foremost; be yourself.

What drives you?
I’m always excited by what’s new and as a result I’m never satisfied with what I’ve just done. I’m always looking to the future.

What is one thing about the preparation for showing at fashion week that may surprise our readers?
People often think that wedding attire is made to measure and it’s expensive. With the exception of one jacket, everything we’re showing is off the rack and taken from our current collection.

Ties or bow ties?
Bow ties were extremely popular for a while but are now mostly worn with very formal looks.

How would you suggest budding designers get their foot in the door of the industry?
The knowledge required to be successful in this field is very specific and esoteric, and largely ignored at tertiary institutions. If budding designers are prepared to spend several years learning the minutiae of tailoring then they should give us a call.

Which international designers and/or brands do you love to follow on social media?
Although I’m a little obsessed with Instagram I don’t really follow many brands. I prefer to follow individuals instead: Angelo, Flaccavento, Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, Matt Nash Uniform, Shjark and Coffee Supreme are all favourites. And despite being a totally unoriginal (clichéd even) choice, The Sartorialist remains part of my feed.


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