Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Forgotten Future AW11

Back in July last year, I discovered and rediscovered Richard Dawson's label Forgotten Future and have kept a close eye on its development ever since. His third collection, entitled Pony Youth features an eclectic mix of attention grabbing pattern and texture that makes this blogger want to reach out and touch. For AW11, Dawson has once again served up a heady cocktail of vintage detailing and sportswear styling. Here is a quiet preview of the collection before we get swallowed up by LFW and grow too weary of beautiful clothes...

For AW11, Dawson has once again served up a heady cocktail of vintage detailing and sportswear styling. Partly influenced by the work of photographer Perry Ogden, who in the 1990's documented the disappearing youth culture at Dublin's Horse Fairs, this collection pervades the Irish estate youths nonchalance throughout. A generational hand me down aesthetic runs through the collection to inspire a silhouette of over sized proportions. A particular highlight is the Fair Isle patterning that echoes the images captured by Ogden's lens. Here, it has been reinvented in printed, digital form and incorporates motifs and off beat colourways. Other influences continue the post war feelings introduced by the previous season, evolving the make-do-and-mend approach to much cherished and well worn garments. Pocket detailing from an uncovered pair of 1950's American scout trousers affords a casual work wear approach to the collections tailoring. Even more interestingly, darning, a somewhat forgotten homespun craft is reinterpreted as a casual play on embellishment. Worn areas of a favourite blazer are given a new lease of life, challenging the notion of disposable fashion to create a hand crafted feature which underlies Dawson's ever apparent celebration of the worn and loved....

Look book credits. 
Photography by David Poole. Model is Owen Trainor.
Silhouette and proportional play are key to Forgotten Future's aesthetic along with a high degree of workmanship. This collection expresses an everyday sartorial nonchalance that I just love. Once again, Dawson has created a collection of wardrobe staples that transcend trend by originality and individualism.


Matthew Spade said...

i've drawn towards all this, normally i'd say it's a bit wacky for me but it's really speaking to me

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