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As we sat expectantly for Christopher Shannon’s collection, we were all prepared for something quite special from yet another one of Louise Wilson’s protégées. Shaking off his tendency for neutral hues, we were not disappointed with Shannon’s embellished street wear collection on Day 2 at Men’s London Collection. Hosted at the Old Sorting Office; an amazing warehouse venue, his models, adorned with flowers on their faces and necks, walked down the catwalk to the tunes of Tulisa and Cheryl Cole to showcase the designer’s highly anticipated and extremely wearable SS13 collection.

Tribal tourism and 70s English folk references were firmly on the menu, a combination that seemed to neatly knit together in the pre-Olympic climate. The collection entitled ‘Lost my Head’ took inspiration from ‘gap-yahh’ backpackers with great focus placed upon thick, Peruvian, horizontal lines. Mixing harmonious tones with frilly textures created a ready-to-wear show with pieces that will be easily transferable from catwalk to close.

The collection centred on minimalistic garments with shots of colour, pattern and texture. Clean architectural lines were found throughout, from knee-length shorts to panelled denim pieces; a particular denim jacket caught our eye with its posterior heavily patched with variants of colour and shape giving it some rock ‘n’ roll edge.

Slashing his way through traditional concepts and shapes for the SS13 collection, Shannon chopped and cut wildly, creating new structures, concepts and dreams.  Rainbow colours were striped and added as sleeves whilst pure monochrome pieces showed the collection’s breadth and variation.

Primary coloured appliqué badges and fringed rucksacks were perfect accessories. With belts and buckles galore in collaboration with Cambridge Satchel Company, they together produced impressive street bags in a variation of colours and leather fabrics that mixed Shannon’s style with the company’s structured heritage giving the whole collection a Boy Scout chic vibe.

The shows closing set of outfits showed us a more daring and creative side to the designers aesthetic. Loud and exaggerated, tasselled man-skirts and a exaggerated robe-like jacket in grey hues walked down the catwalk to conclude Shannon’s already impressive collection with a bang.

– Eleanor Doughty

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