For Fall 2014, Hardy Amies (the brand) draws from the 1940s, when Hardy Amies (the man) was a covert operative for the Allied Forces. Telling a story of the military officer’s reentry to life in London, the collection mixes WWII references (like rugged bomber jackets, cargo pockets and chunky turtleneck sweaters) with tartan suits, double-breasted jackets, hunting vests, Mac coats and a midnight blue tux. What I really like though is that design director Mehmet Ali recognized that guys today are mixing and matching formal pieces with jeans, so he cut the jackets slim and kept them cropped, even the double-breasted one. Also, men are more into layering for the sake of style. The reversible field coat offers a retro melange yarn side as well as a smooth sport-performance side. With eyes surely set on the US menswear market, the UK brand offered the collection in a manly palette of chocolate, granite, cream, navy and rust.