Fashion’s big new trend? Disruption
Fashion weeks are falling apart. So what? As the autumn/winter 2018 season begins with the London menswear shows, many in the industry have deep anxiety about the shifting sands of the schedules. More brands (Balenciaga, JW Anderson) are deserting menswear to combine their men’s with women’s. Women’s ready-to-wear shows are taking over couture. Some brands aren’t showing at all. It’s turmoil. You can worry, or just enjoy it.
Read more at:Fashion is often at its best when brands are disruptive. Case in point is John Alexander Skelton, a graduate from the MA course of Central Saint Martins, whose off-schedule show on Friday night had belligerent intent. The look is entirely other than the catwalk norm. Skelton has a deep commitment to sustainability, the specially woven cloths of low carbon footprint adding to a sense of homespun and handmade. This does not mean his work is soft. A sheet, hand-painted with folkloric images, was hung around the edge of a church hall in Dalston, east London. There was no music. Lighting was by candle. Masked faces appeared through slits in the sheets, the expressions gnarly. Many of the men had hair grown to grey.
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