If you are a man looking to invest in IKEA bags and plastic shoppers as the centre piece for your Autumn/Winter wardrobes, look no further than Christopher Shannon.
Tongue in cheek as always, Shannon's collection was an amalgamation of his staple witty fine knits, this season emblazoned with mottos such as 'Thanks For Nothing' and a coca cola can motif with the word 'Broke' replacing its original logo. An interesting addition for Autumn/Winter were the health and safety risk plastic bags covering the model's heads and the questionable scrunched bag key chains, supposedly inspired by photographer Nigel Shafran. These were the sole accessories, save for the classic IKEA bag was updated by accessories collaborator Judy Blame.
The clothes themselves were Shannon's usual hybrid of classical textiles juxtaposed by clever sporty details, this season favouring the 90's popper, left open on trousers to create the menswear alternative of the Kendall Jenner Fausto Puglisi thigh split dress. A certain pair of trousers with a cut out revealing the model's boxers was a little questionable, but the puffa jackets, corseted with knit zipper waist belts were an interesting twist on a menswear favourite. The customisable Velcro accents on the jersey jumpers are sure to be the sell out piece and the use of a strong primary pallette was uplifting on the grey first day of London Collection: Mens Autumn/Winter 2015.
Although the collection was peppered with pieces that could make the average joe feel a little squeamish, Shannon has achieved what he does well: making the industry question the traditional notions of menswear.
Christopher Shannon Menswear Autumn/Winter 2015 Looks:
Christopher Shannon Menswear Autumn/Winter 2015 Illustration:
Runway Photography: Christopher Dadey (Courtesy of Concrete Projects)
Fashion Illustration: Scott W. Mason