Monday, 4 October 2010

Illustrating Menswear Day SS11: Christopher Shannon

Christopher Shannon's SS11 collection references a feeling that is all too familiar. Inspired by the nostalgic feeling of never getting to go anywhere on holiday. Having waved off countless colleagues and friends as they escape the city for a few days in the sun I have instead spent the holiday season beavering away in the capital. In the midst of my own cabin fever I can truly appreciate Shannon's wanderlust of trips he is yet to take.

Holiday and festival snaps taken by friends and family combined with images from his parent's adventure to Nairobi all form the backdrop. Subtle nods to Passa Passa raggae videos, knock off ethnic tourist trinkets and raggae artist Dillinger collide to create pieces rich in depth and texture. Shannon's signature graphic prints and bold colour palette are omnipresent, be it through his experiments with camo prints on jersey and denim or the juxtaposition of optic white against sunshine friendly pastel shades. As the crowned Prince of London sportswear, the collection showcases breathable fabrics and nylons against crisp cotton shirts, while mesh shorts sit over dyed denim. Multi-textured knitwear in odd proportions sits alongside block coloured anoraks and the latest incarnation of the hugely popular Eastpak collaboration. Lauren Macaulay once again picks out everything that caught my eye during the show and brings back a real sense of the show with her illustrations...

Illustrations by Lauren Macaulay

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Stunning. Love the palette and cannot wait to buy one of the Eastpak rucksacks.


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