Haute young menswear! With a creative mash-up of ss18 menswear on the runway in London, we’re taking a look a the young and fabulous! Pink, oversized silhouettes, and over the top heavy metal details prevail on at the MAN ss18 runway LFW. Here’s a look at Per Gotesson, ROTTINGDEAN BAZAAR, and ART SCHOOL.
Per Götesson is a Swedish-born London-based designer and Royal College of Art graduate. SS18 is Götesson’s third season with the support of MAN. Götesson debuted at MAN shortly after graduating from his Masters a year ago in June 2016. His past collections have explored male sexuality through a languid yet considered silhoutte, realised in democratic fabrics, including his statement denim. Per Götesson is available to buy from stores including L’Eclaireur (Paris). @pergotesson.
Multidisciplinary creatives James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks began working together in late 2015 and Rottingdean Bazaar was born after moving to the seaside village of Rottingdean in East Sussex. SS18 is Rottingdean Bazaar’s third season with the support of Fashion East and their first at MAN. Their work takes shape around a perversely original use of found objects. Previous collections feature an array of objects sealed onto wearable garments, the likes of pressed flowers, underwear, tights and balloons are incorporated into clothing, accessories , artworks and installations. The pair also art direct and style shoots including for Man About Town, Buffalo Zine, Marfa Journal and Dazed. Rottingdean Bazaar clothing is available to purchase from Selfridges (London) and Henrik Vibskov (Copenhagen & New York). @rottingdeanbazaar.
ART SCHOOL is made up of designer duo Eden Loweth and partner Tom Barratt. SS18 is their MAN debut, following their AW17 performative presentation with the Theo Adams Company. The non-binary identities of the founders and their friends continue to play a vital role within their work. Blurring the lines between menswear and womenswear, ART SCHOOL focuses on redefining the limitations of ready-to-wear fashion whilst exploring contemporary queerness. ART SCHOOLS’ intrinsically valued collaborations have evolved into myriads of new partnerships this season. Working alongside Jewellery designer Amy Rodriguez, their union with Swarovski has entered exciting dimensions of bespoke ornamentation. Footwear inspired by Isabella Blow and cult British classics have been realised by Roker Atelier, whilst Pierre Louis-Auvray’s enigmatic drawings permeate the collection. The show is then bound together by an original soundtrack from James Torrente-Galdez and ART SCHOOL collaborator Jack Powers choreographed by the iconic Les Child.
The pioneering MAN project was established in 2005 by TOPMAN and Fashion East when it was the first menswear scheme of its kind. MAN has launched and supported brands including: Kim Jones ( Louis Vuitton), JW Anderson, Christopher Shannon, James Long, Aitor Throup, Martine Rose, Matthew Miller, Agi & Sam, Astrid Andersen, Craig Green, Bobby Abley, Liam Hodges, Wales Bonner, and Charles Jeffrey to name a few.
MAN recipients are selected by a panel of industry experts including: Ben Reardon, Man About Town; Charlie Porter, Financial Times; Gordon Richardson, TOPMAN; Luke Day, GQ Style; Lulu Kennedy, Fashion East; Sam Lobban, Mr Porter; Tim Blanks, Business of Fashion.
Fashion East is a pioneering non-profit initiative established in 2000 by Lulu Kennedy and The Old Truman Brewery to nurture, develop and showcase emerging designers through the early stages of their career and has launched London’s top design talent.
photo credits: Chris Yates // fashion east // fashiondailymag edits.