Two disparate components formed a surprisingly cohesive collection at Agi & Sam’s SS15 showcase, which gestured to the seclusion of angst-fuelled teen rebellion and the clarity of Japanese design.

A tailoring revolution was on the agenda. “Suits feel awkward,” the designer duo proclaimed. “They’re such a past life experience.” This view fuelled an appetite for smart menswear as versatile as the wearer, lending itself to power lunches, late night parties and lazy days in the park.

Wide-legged trousers puckered with pleats swayed along the Victoria House runway, giving a languid nod to both the skatepark and martial arts, cool in both appearance and practical ventilation. In fact, pleats were a key ingredient across the board, appearing in various widths throughout the collection. Colours were distinct but controlled, camel and white giving way to mustard, blue and glimmers of silver. Cross-over jackets, fuss-free kimono wraps with popper fastenings and long, draped culottes were grounded with sandals, melding utilitarian principles with an urban sports-centric edge.

Above all, comfort and wearability were paramount, the loose shapes and featherlight rib merino wool tees delivering luxe, uber-soothing textures and a serene ambiance.

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Words: Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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