Thursday, 9 July 2009

Fashion156 gets to grips with the Grey Matter

Out of the whole spectrum, grey is the most, overlooked, taken for granted and even abused colour of them all and this irks me so. To many, grey hues have connotations of dreary weather, depressed moods and invisible men at the bar trying desperately to catch the barmaid's eye but left thirsty and wanting, all of which sell the colour far too short in my book. It is a colour I have celebrated and loved ever since I could dress myself and it excites me more than any other. Do you now think I am one of those guys who stands at the bar just getting thirstier? Before you dismiss me as dull and dreary, just look back on Miuccia's celebration of grey for SS10 and see how inspiring and textured grey in all its hues can really be.

Grey pleated t-shirt, navy trousers and navy day jacket all by Omar kashoura

If you are still a little dismissive of grey let the below F156 editorial images change your mind. As in all of Guy and his teams' shoots there is a delightful mix of established names alongside exciting young talent emerging on to the menswear scene. It just so happens that this editorial contains some of my favourite designers, including Carolyn Massey, Omar Kashoura, Tim Soar and Satyen Kumar whilst introducing Mihara Yasuhiro and Wayne Fitzell .

Navy jacket with buckles by Tim Soar

I previously talked about Soar's use of latex but for me his clothing is all about the detailing and at times these intricate and clever additions can often be overlooked on the runway but my keen eye spotted the buckles and zips added to the back of suit jackets and the elasticated belts used throughout the show.

Single breasted jacket by Satyen Kumar, black shirt with wet look dog collar detailing by Omar kashoura

Satyen Kumar sprung his first solo collection upon us in 2006 after working for Versace in Milan and I've been a fan ever since. It is great to see his tailoring alongside Omar's wonderfully detailed shirt and this combination makes this my favourite look of the editorial.

Black patent trench coat and trousers by Carolyn Massey

Massey closed the extended menswear afternoon in true style back in February. Sharply tailored trench coats and capes offered the edge, whilst knits provide an element of calm and romance. Does it get any better than the above black patent leather trench?

Grey knitted jumper by Wayne Fitzell. This Central Saint Martins graduate gained experience with Hussein Chalayan and Kim Jones, not a bad education!

The celebration of grey these past two seasons has really shown that there is so much more to this colour and hopefully this editorial has changed a few of the negative opinions along the way and converted a few more men to the wonders of its hues.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautifully shot. The Wayne Fitzell knit is my favourite!

Daniel Alec said...
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Daniel Alec said...

The Wayne Fitzell knit is also my favourite. It's similar to a H&M sweater in the Mathias Fall 08 campaign -- I so regret not buying it.

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