LC:M DAY THREE
Modern men breathe life into old ideas
by KOD Staff
On day three, Sibling stole the show with their playful parade of knitwear – tiny shorts, blanket shawls and furry collars. Cheeky, smiling models represented Sibling’s upbeat ethos. The collection was inspired by the father of Joe Bates, one of the collaborators behind the brand: “It was a love letter to my dad and all working-men like him”.
Katy Eary also revealed her sense of humor on the catwalk, echoing Bobby Abley’s collection with Mickey Mouse helmets. Her pieces were confrontational: vicious red animal print teamed with horned hairstyles. The show was sheer punk experimentation, taking the essence of Seditionaries – the 70s boutique run by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.
Christopher Shannon was another designer to be inspired by 70s style. In his exploration of the tracksuit, his collection breathed life into leisurewear with tablecloth florals and body hugging fits. With dripping wet hair, his models showcased a series of jumpers which featured Shannon’s imagined brand of cigarettes – entitled ‘Good time’.
The print theme continued in the Burberry Prorosum collection. Christopher Bailey bought geometric shapes and paisley patterns to life alongside cityscape scenes. Models appeared as world travelers, dressed from a melting pot of cultures – fur coats, Hawaiian prints and bold, geometric color.
E Tautz utilized pattern in a similar way to Buberry Prorosum, but to a more psychedelic effect. Print on print gave the collection depth and the addition of embroidered expletives injected a playful tone.
An Eastern aesthetic unveiled itself in the Paul Smith show as traditional tailoring met Persian pattern.
Tom Ford’s collection was slightly surprising. “When I started this company I swore I would never make tennis shoes” he said. "However when I found a way to make them look like 'us', I changed my mind." Soft colors dominate the casual collection. Sportswear is a key here, with velvet trainers and voluminous over-layers.
London duo Agi & Sam used monochrome bold checks and attention grabbing graphics to talk about revolution. Inspired by a recent trip through Masai territory, the collection featured raised fists, fake logos and messages of “people power” in Swahili.
Pringle of Scotland was also revolutionary but in a very different sense. Old ideas were refashioned for a modern world – the thistle motif became digitalized and graphic prints reinvigorated classic knitwear.
Grown up anarchy dominated the A Sauvage show. Dark polo necks emerged from pure white shirts. Luxurious green and dark glasses also featured – suited to the young professional, not yet ready to conform.
Day Three reveled in new twists on old ideas. Traditional tailoring and classic knits were re-imagined by designers striving for innovation. Experimentation was predominant throughout LC:M, revealing the unending potential in menswear.