Explore our designers’ inspirations behind the latest Menswear collection
Surrealism: a cultural movement known for its visual artworks, and our influence for Spring Summer 17…
Throughout the core collection we distort colour, print, texture and styling through a surrealist lens. It’s a tribute to German fashion photographer’s Erwin Blumenfeld’s collages and use of double exposure in his imagery.
For colour, we experiment with dye techniques for a tonal colour palette. Saturated hues sit next to pigment dyes, underpinned by a distorted dot print placed on shirts and jersey.
Fabrications are lighter than ever. Cotton and linen blends, unlined constructions and summer’s hero: seersucker, an intricate weave engineered to form crinkles that create pockets of air, seen on bombers, shirts, pleat trousers and jackets. And as ever, details are underpin the collection. Corozo, horn and mother of pearl buttons, and selvedge trims on jeans.
Part two takes inspiration from the uniforms of the welder, the carpenter and the engineer. We call it Raw State: a 15-piece capsule collection for the modern wardrobe. Using greige cotton canvas, each garment has undergone a special wash and dye technique to create a lived-in colour finish that is impossible to recreate. It’s a wardrobe of overshirts, jersey joggers, zip through sweaters and overalls.
“For high-summer we took greige cottons, fabricated in authentic workwear silhouettes for our capsule collection Raw State. We experiment with different garment dye techniques to achieve a lived-in collection, full of character and patina usually found in vintage.” Claire French, Menswear head of design
By Nakhalar Sterling