• Text Lewis Firth
  • Photography Takanori Okuwaki
  • 12th January 2015

Mad for plaid

There’s always an overarching theme with the key designers found at London Collections: Men: gender signifiers are thrown out the window quite fervently, creating progressive fusions that are positively adapting the conventional and the established.

Styled with fur gloves and short scarves, Shaun Samson’s suitability for this practice of fusion is undeniable.

Boys wore casual-coded clothes from Timberlands to tartan. Samson’s mark was clear to see, however, with diaphanous inserts placed – symmetrically and asymmetrically – in shirts and shorts. But that wasn’t it. Sheer was embraced wholly in thigh-high shorts – and paired with open shirts – allowing the imagination to take a rest. Eyes were immediately drawn to the mesomorphic bodies helping to fill each look.

The defining detail was the text printed across tops and aprons: ‘delusional, radical, bliss’. The true meaning? An enigma. An indication to a personal influence, maybe. But the latter word is bang on in describing this collection.