Wednesday, 17 June 2015

His Name Is LCM Day 2

Shirt - c/o Rokit Vintage, Trousers - c/o Rokit Vintage, Bacpack - c/o Rokit Vintage, Fedora - Topman, Shoes - Topman, Septum Ring - Gypsy East Jewels

I'm calling this Day 2, but officially this is Day 1 of LCM. My day started early as I had to work first thing, but luckily I was able to finish work early and head off to some LCM presentations. As I said in my last post, I have been outfitted by Rokit Vintage for the duration of  LCM. I'm loving high-waisted trousers in menswear, and these ones are awesome. I love that they have a bit of a wider leg, it gives them a great relaxed vibe, and they look awesome with this silky shirt tucked it. The shirt has a really nice ethnic print that I decided to reflect with my septum ring. The backpack came in so handy the day before that I just had to use it again, and I finished the whole thing of with my usual black fedora and cut-out shoes. Anyway, as I was saying, I managed to finish work early, and headed to my first presentation, which was a screening of Edward Crutchley's Spring/Summer 16 Fashion Film. The film had a very religious vibe, like a modern-day take on the last supper or some kind of other biblical painting, with a jesus-esque figure at the center perched on a motorbike. Sounds a bit surreal right - so maybe it's easier if you just look at my photos below.

After that I headed over to St Georges church for the Universal Works presentation. Such a cool venue for a fashion presentation (my day seems to have a slightly religious theme no?). Upon entering the church you were presented with a large wooden wall that represented the 'back-stage' area. The models were lined up as if ready to go on-to the catwalk and there were rails displaying the rest of the collection. A short walk around the wall to the 'catwalk' and there was another fashion film being projected onto the large wooden wall. It featured a cute animation of the models stealing each others clothes, getting rained on, blown away and getting into all kinds of mischief. Though the clothes themselves were nothing special, Universal Works did an excellent job of presenting them in a creative and interactive way. A couple of stand-out pieces included a bomber realised in a traditional suiting fabric, and a jet-pack backpack (which unfortunatly I think was actually just a prop). Check out some photos below.

My last presentation of the day was the Pause Magazine LCM presentation which featured the work of four different (and might I say extremely talented) designers. By far one of the best presentations I attended in terms of design, I felt like all 4 designers had a really strong message and vision that they portrayed through their collections. The first designer on show was Chelsea Bravo. Her collection explores the skeleton, surface texture and shape of plants and cacti. There is a beauty in the realization of this theme through the interesting surface texture of the garments. I especially love that it has not been taken too literally, and the colour palette of organic whites gives the collection a sense of wearability. There are so many pieces in this collection I could see myself in, but I'll let you decide for yourself.

Next up was Bianca Saunders, a graduate of Kingston University, and a collection that was inspired by the integration of West Indian culture in London. The collection featured a mix of tailoring, over sized shapes and reflective colours.There was some gorgeous detailing within this collection, from the exquisite embroidery, to the way lace had been seamlessly incorporated in a traditional sweatshirt. Fabric innovation and experiment was key to the design process and fabrics had been sponsored by the prestigious Ozwald Boateng and Sophie Halette.

Downstairs in the venue were two more designers, including Ruth Peterson's Zombie Nation. Inspired by the concept of Zombies as a metaphor for the modern-day consumer, the collection referenced the uniformity of streetwear within British gangs. Considering the collection utilized an all beige colour palette to reflect the boring personalities of the influence, the collection itself was anything but boring. My favorite pieces have to be the oversized knitwear, and the parka emblazoned with the phrase ' Spending seriously harms you and others around you', something I can certainly identify with!

Last, but by no means least, Callum Whitley presented his collection entitles 'Muscle'. And it's easy to see where the collection gained it's title, as the models sported huge muscular puffa jackets morphing the body into in-human shapes. Inspired by the hyper-masculine body, a key reference in the design process was Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the concept of bodies used as a form of transgression and manipulation. Maybe not the most wearable of the four, but certainly one of the most creative.

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