- Text Alex Baker
- Photography Alin Kovacs
- 7th January 2017
Topman Design opened this London Fashion Week Men’s FW17 with a nod to the “archetypal, nomadic British traveller”, via a journey to the 90s rave scene.
From the get-go the collection mixed tailoring with trainers and knitwear, denim with oversized denim, and sportswear with PVC, patched and mismatched together as separates designed to traverse work, the pub, the club. Chaotic colours were bent into trippy prints on t-shirts and sweaters, grounded by tweed coats and PVC parkas. Hot-pink, bubble textured tracksuits packed an “everybody’s free (to feel good)” punch. Liam Gallagher’s son Lennon walked the show, really topping off the 90s credit.
Paired with all this nostalgia, jewellery designer Husam El Odeh dipped household items such as nails, keys and crucifixes in rubber to become neon earrings. Punk safety pin brooches and nose rings gave a nod to transitional period between the 80s and 90s where the shifting zeitgeist saw trends overlap in a fantastic mess. Paired with greasy curtain fringes and bowl cuts flattened by neon bucket hats, the boys looked as though they never came home this weekend.