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Savile Row Tailors Show in Cabinet War Rooms

The tailors of Savile Row picked the underground warren in Westminster for their seasonal presentation.

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If only Winston Churchill could have witnessed it. The tailors of Savile Row picked the Cabinet War Rooms, the underground warren in Westminster where the former Prime Minister and his generals sought protection and planned their strategies during the bombing raids of World War II, for their seasonal presentation, known as "The English Gentleman" and staged in collaboration with The Woolmark Co. A posse of models styled with 1940s flair donned bespoke suits, dressing gowns, and casual clothing from tailors including Anderson & Sheppard, H. Huntsman & Sons, Richard James Bespoke, Henry Poole & Co. and a host of other traditional names from the Row. They struck poses in places including the War Cabinet Room, the Prime Minister’s Room, the Map Room and the Camp Commandant’s Office, all the while showing off their threads from the Row. The Chief of Staff Conference Room played host to special guests — including Sir Elton John, David Furnish, Sir Michael Gambon, A.A. Gill, Michael Heseltine, and Kenneth Cranham — at various points during the evening. “I was just shooting the breeze with all of the actors in the room,” said John, who was dressed in pink and pearls — not exactly in the spirit of the evening. “What a fantastic place to have the show.”

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