WORDS  Conor Davage

     A message of positivity and freedom of expression permeated the Liam Hodges AW18 show, aptly entitled ‘Everybody’s Free’. The collection itself showcased a reimagining of Hodges’ signature workwear-meets-streetwear style. References also included mixing and matching New Wave, 90s kids TV, Blockhead punk with gabba rave, and a distinctive similarity to Jared Leto’s Joker from 2016’s The Suicide Squad. Models sported green hair, pale skin, smokey eyes and black geometric lines as makeup.

     Craftsmanship has always been important for Hodges, demonstrated in his expert skill of the craft season after season. Denim featured heavily throughout the show, coming in tidy matching double denim jackets and jeans which donned bleached stripes and were paired with oversized shirts. Selected denim pieces also sported colouring book graphics, airbrushed by hand. Other materials included polka dot Mr Blobby knits and, of course, nylon tracksuits – this season adopting a slimmer fit.

     Since his debut collection in 2014, Hodges has quickly become a favourite for many Fashion Week attendees on the LFWM calendar, generating a large attendance and a cult-like following among british fashion-conscious youth. As with all of Hodges shows, his collections illustrate fully-conceptualised ideas and boasts high production and showmanship, bringing the Liam Hodges narrative to life.

     Hodges' shows seem to display an irreverence for the establishment and an intriguing point of view. His sharp wit and sense of humour comes to the fore during the finale, when instead of walking to music, models stomped down the catwalk to Baz Luhrmann’s "Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" greeting guests as the ‘class of 99’ and imploring them to ‘enjoy the power of your youth’ and not to be ‘reckless with the hearts of others’. Further solidifying the message that ‘Everybody’s Free’.