The official start of the English Summer Season, Chelsea Flower Show has been held at Chelsea since 1912, the same year that Hawkes acquired No.1 Savile Row and became the most famous address in menswear.
The show is attended by HM The Queen as Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society and by other members of the Royal Family every year, and attracts over 150,000 visitors over five days. There is fierce competition for the prestigious medals awarded to the best exhibits as well as the Best Show Garden Award.
Chelsea Flower Show is the first opportunity of the year to dress up, and whilst there is no official dress code, the event calls for elevated tailored separates and an optimistic outlook on the weather, with rain seldom far from mind. A linen suit paired with a dressed-down polo shirt is a perfect choice, or if you are attending a more formal reception or perhaps a smart lunch during the day, a blazer and trouser combination worn with a shirt and tie is called for. Opting for a summery palette of pastels or a softer shade of blue or grey is key to embracing the start of this most quintessentially British season.
With thanks to Tim Penrose at Bowdens and Fiona Sanderson at the Luxury Channel.