- Text Lakeisha Goedluck
- Photography Tomas Turpie
- 8th January 2018
slick hair, slick threads
Staged at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, models stood in front of a backdrop consisting of wooden structures created by Fenella Brereton and Abigail Fletcher, and paintings by the designer himself. Given the current state of the world, he was influenced by the concept of taking a reflective pause. As a result, Fletcher decided to harken back to the leisurely, carefree era of the 1980s – “a time where pinstripe suits and shirts were juxtaposed against the subversive red tracksuits and slicked back hair of the rebellious youth of the time,” as the notes read.
Juxtaposing relaxed loungewear staples with tailored two pieces, his line served as a homage to youth subcultures of the era – think Patrick Bateman in American Psycho on a chilled getaway, but less perturbed and more placid. Elevated by lush materials such as silk, mohair, leather and shearling, highlights of the collection included split-hem trousers and an asymmetric striped Oxford shirt.