A Sense of Prodigy at MAN – The Business of Fashion

LONDON, United Kingdom — Craig Green, Charles Jeffrey and Grace Wales Bonner, arguably London’s holy trinity of catwalk designers, are all graduates of MAN, the menswear equal of Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East, and this season, the sense of prodigy was nonetheless very a lot within the air as Rottingdean Bazaar, Artwork College and Per Götesson made a case for his or her novice manufacturers.

Götesson stated that his work at all times centres on his personal wardrobe, which he added permits him to be intuitive, and that this season he wished to current one thing extra mature than he had beforehand. It manifested itself in exaggerated denim silhouettes that have been vastly proportioned after which gathered by belts cleverly looped all through. Most of the clothes have been turned inside out for the look of an uncovered development, and worn over lattice string vests and with crisp cotton smock tops and sweeping denim overcoats.

Tom Barratt, one half of the duo behind Artwork College, walked in his personal present, wearing a scarlet bias-lower velvet costume with a full face of rouge and a Gilda-like wig. Nicely, it was extra Vogueing than strolling, however it summed up the essence of this label’s ethos — the garments come from the characters, and the characters are vibrant to say the least.

The assortment got here to life by way of the varied casting of Barratt and his companion Eden Loweth's circle of gender-fluid pals. It was all crystal-strewn, courtesy of Swarovski, and even featured rhinestone 'Artwork College' branding, which is indicative of the double-aughts period throughout which these boys got here of age. Robes and robes, velvet attire over white shirts, funky tailoring, mismatched footwear, have been all designed with dramatic aptitude, and the present was actually uplifting as a result of of it, nonetheless at instances the garments felt like costumes for the characters who have been designed for. Let's hope that the garments will converse for themselves on the rails of a showroom.

James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks, one other inventive duo that's behind Rottingdean Bazaar, have an awesome sense of humour and playfulness that lends their kooky garments a way of gravitas. They're each serious about utilizing archetypal objects, nonetheless mundane they might be, and though the styling might not look at all severe and the garments appear to be they're merely embellished with on a regular basis objects they're the truth is cleverly thought-about and made with a lot of craft. The penny cash, items of pasta and family instruments for instance have been all moulded from versatile polyurethane foam for a trompe-l'œil impact. It is unbelievable how mild that makes one of their cotton jersey sweatshirts with a whole lot of coppers, particularly contemplating how actual the objects look. It was additionally the duo's first catwalk present, and their variation on a singular theme was a robust and memorable assertion — it was backyard shed stylish, with a superb sense of British wit.

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A Sense of Prodigy at MAN - The Business of Fashion