- Text Alice Simkins
- Photography Tomas Turpie
- 7th January 2017
Alex Mullins’ FW17 collection offered a welcome burst of brightness to an otherwise dreary January London day. With eclectic combinations of yellow and orange, each model wore boater shoes, others came equipped with rain hats, their skin splattered with what looked like dirt from wet day adventures.
In his collection preview last month, Mullins explained that he wanted to follow a character which first surfaced in his FW14 collection, namely “a cowboy from the Wild West, who somehow winds up working as an artist in London during the 1970s.” Alongside this, there were coats wrapped in graphics from 90s VHS tapes, surrealist drawings on backs, and faces obscured with fabric.
Referencing childhood memories of nostalgic Sunday afternoons, Mullins’ show may have been personal in nature – but as the models left to a rendition of ‘singing in the rain’ it exuded optimism and a fearless spirit difficult not to feel a connection with.