We were extremely lucky to take our trip to London on a dry and sunny day. Fourteen of us travelled to Charing Cross and then crossed Trafalgar Square to the Athenaeum Club, with coffee on the way.
Our two-hour walking tour around St James’s and Mayfair charted the history of menswear over the past 200 years, and we were led by our guide, Russell Nash, who was impeccably dressed and extremely knowledgeable on the subject.
We started with ‘Bertie’, King Edward VII, who became a male fashion icon when he was still Prince Albert, setting a tone of extreme glamour for the time. He was credited with inventing the blazer and dinner jacket, and the undone bottom button of his waistcoat was taken as fashion but was probably due to overindulgence!
Russell talked about The Duke of Windsor who was very suave and well known for wearing perfectly fitting expensive suits, especially in tweed and even large check.