5 August 2015

Katie Eary SS16 Menswear at London Collections: Men

Titled Veneered Innocence
Inspiration for the SS16 collection came from the 1950's - an era that appeared to be on its best behaviour yet, beneath the well-mannered surface, seethed something subversive and rebellious. These compelling conflicts gave rise to a new breed: the teenager.

Katie's muse is the young Elvis Presley- wholesome and smiling in a sugar pink bowling shirt, humbly nodding 'Yes ma'am' and 'No sir', yet shocking the world with his potent and threatening sexuality. He encapsulates the 50's veneer of innocence, polite and deferential but beneath his polished surface he is an an intoxicating and dangerous mixture of masculine insolence and charismatic defiance.

The SS16 collection channels such contradictions with pastel shade shirts and dusty ombre trousers in pea greens, aubergine, aquas and oranges with dulled out beiges, pinks and teals.

Prints subvert innocence taking the iconic My Little Pony and debasing it with sinister and sexual overtones.

Trompe l'oeil appears as beat up denim and heavy knit print onto fine gauge knitwear.

Fabrics are selected to represent the glossy sheen of childish plastic toys: heavy and light weight satins, silks, poly blends, suedes, leather and gold hardware.
Key pieces: Aubergine suede bomber jacket, pastel Gabicci-esque polo shirts and silk satin pony print shirts

Oversized curb link key chains and bracelets by Hatton Garden's Toby Mclellen

Sunglasses by General Eyewear.

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