The v.productive joint efforts of both on-trend retail giant, Topman, and new-talent nurturer, Fashion East, has resulted in the MAN show for the last four years. A platform for streetwise and dandy, sporty cool and gentleman chic designs and those that create them, namely(for SS08), Carri Mundane of Cassette Playa, Aitor Throup, KJ by Kim Jones and Topman Design.
Aitor Throup, an immensely conceptual designer who marries tailoring of the highest degree with sensibility and endearing ease. The results are beautifully sculptured, subtly individual pieces that carry a story all of their own. For SS 08, a video installation and presentation were the canvas Throup preferred, this collection was inspired by the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Jazz instruments. As I said, conceptual…
I’m a tad sorry to say that Mundane of Cassette Playa did not show promise regarding furthering and diversifying her brand’s aesthetic. Certainly, it’s fitting for her niche market but it’s going to take more than the constant rehashing of computer graphics and bleeding-eyeballs in a variety of ghastly neon colours to ensure her name is almanacked.
Topman Design grow increasingly impressive showing a pared-down, clean collection for SS 08, inspired by Oxbridge school culture. Sheer shirts and a slim silhouette served as evidence that this house is on the correct wavelength – the looks proved Topman’s ever evolving image is soon to reach stratospheric heights. Note: Fresh London talent Luke Worrall of D1, the blonde guy, is one to watch, a sharp coup on Topman’s part.
The fourth MAN show also saw the launch of Kim Jones’ diffusion line – KJ by Kim Jones. The SS 08 collection possesses many of the quintessential K.Jones’ quirks including more-to-love knits and the essential sharply cut sport denims, suits etc., all in a palette of rich creams, whitest of whites and luscious breezy blues. It’s gonna sell.
Thanks to Topmanzine.com for images.