One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Or fashion it seems. Liverpudlian designer Christopher Shannon showcased his AW15 collection with an interesting presentation at London Collections: Men.
True to his form, Shannon displayed his usual sportswear codes as the hottest looks in menswear for next season. This was conjoined with 80s throwback with geometric colour blocking, puffer jackets with elasticated corsets and cinched-in waists, brilliant shredded popper suits and pinstriped peplum accents teamed with slim tracksuit bottoms.
The former Central Saint Martin’s student, whose career with menswear began in 2008, also sent many male models down the catwalk with their faces covered in corner shop carrier bags. Judy Blame, the show’s co-stylist, also fashioned this unlikely mask material into interesting jewellery and neck ties. Sombre slogans such as ‘Thanks 4 Nothing’, ‘Broke’ and ‘Save Me’ emblazoned statement knitted jumpers.
Once again, this designer has kicked the vision of British menswear and its legacy of fine tailoring up a gear, through his showcase of creatively modern garments. In the case of his AW collection, he has wittily drawn on the reality young designer’s face, with a nod to the financial strain of running a label.
All in all, the show was not only recognition of how fantastic the designs of House of Shannon are capable of creating, but was also a wake-up call. An honest and relevant message conveyed in a time where designers are struggling to fund not only the construction of shows, but the production of their collections.
With his experimental point of view once again in tow, this collection was another marriage of British street culture and wearable men’s designs from the London talent.
Written by Lucy Cox;
Image source: style.com // photographed by Yannis Vlamos.