With faceless models resembling toy action men of the future, SIBLING unveiled their luminous multicultural SS13 collection at LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN’s second day in The Hospital Club.
Aptly named ‘Revolution’, the outfits were accessorised with signature head pieces relatable to riots in Paris, London, and the Arab Springs. Gladiator robotic looking helmets, wide hoodies and V-necks, white army ‘Che Guevara style’ berets, urban flat caps adorned with swirly golden ornaments and statement giant pom-pom fluffy head pieces in white and black that became the centre point of the whole show and to whom everyone’s eyes locked up on.
Sibling; a collaboration between Sid Bryan, Joe Bates and Cozette McCreery became one of the ‘NEWGENMEN’ design teams to be selected to showcase at LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN inaugural year. For their summer/spring 2013 collection they drew inspiration from the variety of cultures that inhabit Brick Lane and its surrounding areas alongside historic civic revolt events and the Lord of the Flies concept of hierarchy, keeping the Lane’s ever-trendy street style but fusing it with arabesque hoods and joggers, Spanish boleros and balanced colour palette of mainly whites and golds, with occasionally lines were accentuated with neon pink lines and occasional tones of blues, which all gave the recognised east London look a fresh and distinct twist.
The contemporary sportswear collection was made up of mainly knitted garments, a feat by which the group of designers are best renowned and respected for by pushing it’s boundaries. From exquisitely knitted track pants to gold jumpers and baseball jackets made up of massive bouncy squared white sequins to the simpler basketball printed sleeve-less jersey, their mens collection catwalk debut was a successful and innovative blend of remixed sports attires.
The finer looking metal gold embroidered headgear with traditional Islamic florals that glistened as they sailed through the white catwalk brought even more sparkle to the show. The military gold hats which were a collaboration with Hawthorne & Heaeny; who specialise in the skills of embroidering, were paired with short running shorts layered on top of similar colored gold tights and white sneakers, making the outfits look polished.
One undeniably stand-out outfit was a toile de jouy sported by a heavily tattooed model, the two piece outfit was printed with a blue against white pattern that made for a uniform look that completed an incredibly cohesive collection that translated the message of unison and community perfectly: “If the kids are united we’ll never be divided”.
– Walter Ugarkovic
– Catwalk images Christopher Dadey