It seems that orders for strawberries and cream shall no longer just be enjoyed the Marylebone Cricket Club gentlemen – make that an order for two then.
The pavilion at Lords – a habitation that belongs proudly to the MCC gentlemen which part mutual mirth for cricket, is now set to serve an additional purpose as a location for a catwalk show at the upcoming London Collections: Men Schedule.
The choice of location is desired to promote Savile Row’s English gentlemen collection on June 17th. Models will trot the famous London room showing new designs which range from cricket sweaters to summer sports attire and flannel trousers.
Lords could in fact, be described as a residence in London where time stands still. Rooted in heritage, members of Lords exercise tradition in their conservative and preppy attire. They are clothes that share resemblance to the apparel of the Ivy League renowned Yale and Princeton. Thus, Lords is an excellent location to show a collection that celebrates the English Gentleman style.
However, not all agree. One MCC member told the Evening Standard that “Cricket has gone to the dogs. Every respected man who has played here will be looking on bewildered”. However, another Lords member argues “When cricket is on, absolutely Lord’s is about the cricket. But when it’s not on people couldn’t care less”.
What do you think? Should cricket and fashion keep to their own worlds, or are they inevitably inextricably linked together?
Words by Alice Bodkin