PHOTOGRAPHY Kimberly Larmouth
WORDS Philip Livchitz
John Lawrence Sullivan’s founder and designer, Arashi Yanagawa, opened London Fashion Week Men’s with an incredibly strong Autumn Winter 2018 collection that left a firm mark on all who were present. Styled by one of the most exciting stylists working in menswear in London at the moment, Anna Pesonen, the collection featured a certain degree of darkness with unambiguous references to films such as Twin Peaks, American Psycho, Matrix and Taxi Driver.
The AW18 collection intended to explore the concepts of the “psychopath” and “psycho killer”, which were clearly reflected in the general tone and mood of the collection. The looks throughout the collection featured a mixture of elements ranging from rock 'n' roll and cowboy aesthetics to classic tailoring. The aforesaid styles were illustrated through leather gloves paired with leopard-print coat over a black suit with cowboy boots, over-sized box-cut grey chequered suit finished with black boots and Matrix-style sunglasses and a combination of black leather jacket accompanied by black leather cropped trousers finished with black lace-up boots.
John Lawrence Sullivan's AW18 collection maintained its consistency throughout by focusing on a range of dark colours; black and olive green to mulberry, alongside materials such as wool, leather, velvet and patent. The words “dexter” and “sinister” appeared regularly accompanied by the lyrics “pain breaks the norm”, strengthening the overarching mood set for the collection.