Fashion
  • Text Elizabeth Coop
  • 13th June 2016

bad taste

Turning out talent including the likes of JW Anderson, Astrid Andersen and Craig Green, Fashion East’s list of alumni just goes to show how successful it is as an platform for emerging designers. 

This season’s MAN triptych welcomed Luke Stevens and duo James Theseus Buck & Luke Brooks as ‘Rottingdean Bazaar’, while Rory Parnell-Mooney returned for another season with a standalone space. 

James Theseus Buck X Luke Brooks

James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks’ debut collection at LCM delivered an off-kilter beauty that found physical manifestation in the downright banal.

One model stood in the corner of the room, against a backdrop of a “bad taste” badges – a project that finds ongoing continuation on the duos’ Instagram account. Each badge (or white party plate), was decorated with a singular object. Some of the more surprising details included cigarette butts, used thongs and condoms.

Wooden blocks were also sporadically placed around the space, on tables and on walls all covered with rat traps. In this context the collection, which was made up of sports-inspired sweaters and trousers, juxtaposed a sense of the extreme with the everyday.