PHOTOGRAPHY Wanda Martin
WORDS Kara Douglas
Phoebe English’s SS18 capsule collection is a utilitarian utopia. Staying true to the brands refreshingly minimalistic ethos of easy, accessible menswear. The show was inspired by men in English’s life who are potters. Models gathered around plastic wrapped podiums, on which they had placed pieces of clay they were moulding, whilst clad in long dress like shirts and apron inspired outerwear.
Phoebe English abandoned the garish sentiments of ornamentation often spread across fashion week runways in favour of functionality and practicality. All pieces were produced entirely within the UK using natural fibres and oversized fitting to embody the signature structureless-structure of the brands menswear silhouettes. The colour palettes were simplistic yet captivating with a scarce amount of diversity in regards to texture or pattern incorporations, accept the subtle washed out, wide-set pinstripes, which seem to be a key trend for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.
Each and every one of Phoebe English’s individual designs that were presented at the LFWM show perfectly depicted and embraced the laid back leisurely aspects of todays youths we often see neglected within the ready-to-wear fashion sphere. The collection as a whole giving a modernist nod towards the underrated luxury of comfortable menswear.