Christopher Shannon Menswear Fall Winter 2013 London
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From the invite, depicting a pile of plastic bottles and nylon trash bags among other nondescript garbage, it was clear that Shannon was serving us an “anti” stand, or what he calls “accidental styles and anti-outfits.”

Inspired by the tendency of hoarding stuff and piling them on by necessity, the collection was a street-savvy parade of gaffer taped jeans, mismatched fabrics, lustrous nylons, and overwashed and faded denim, taking inspiration from everything from jumble sales to Chris Smith’s American Movie. Shirts hung around the hips, sleeves were zipped on jackets, everything synched to create a “thrown together” look that paradoxically made for effortless and high-luxe sportswear.

The secret, of course, was in Shannon’s sharp eye for cuts and craftsmanship, with sweaters in mélange wools knitted in waffle and cable stitching and smooth leathers tastefully pared in combinations of navy, grey and black. Indeed, while he stayed true to his graphic and urban-dwelling aesthetic, Shannon has honed a softer, more sophisticated approach towards separates, creating a range of staples that are all about versatility. Even when it comes to gender – as demonstrated by the inclusion of two female models wearing clothes from the range.

Indeed, never a better time for girls to sneak into their boys’ closets – it’s allowed, and it looks good.

- Maria Dimitrova
 

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