For this season, Louise Trotter and Mark Thomas went for an aesthetic that combined workwear, military, and a kind of painter's garb. Yet, where the utility generally inherent in those garments might skew towards bulky (pockets, straps, etc.), the duo focused on a different sort of pragmatism : one of everyday ease. This meant whittling down the details. A white canvas coat was long and straight -topstitching and subtle metal rivets nodded to the designers' jumping-off point. A lightweight cotton shirt-jacket in deep indigo featured smart contrast tabs (Mark Thomas' favorite), quietly referencing bars on officers' coats. There was also an eye-catching zipper detail on a few pieces. The fastenings arced down the front part of the shoulders to about a third of the way down the arm -see a boiled-wool jumper in periwinkle, or an olive-dyed bomber. One thing worth noting here : Louise Trotter highlighted the duo's continued focus on color, on an exact, albeit purposely "off" palette. "It's because when you're working with pieces that are quite simple, really, how do you make them into must-haves ?" When you're selling stuff with this much general appeal, it's true -the differentiation has to be addressed in the fundamentals, and, for the most part, the Joseph team did just that.