- Text Clementine Zawadzki
- Photography Takanori Okuwaki
- 10th January 2015
Kit Neale’s debut catwalk show kicked off with an impact. The Carny by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds cast an eerie wash over the array of bold, structural workwear inspired ensembles, as flashes of red, burnt orange and blue moved starkly along the industrial white space. An ode to Schiaparelli’s 1938 Circus collection, with the influence of Fred G. Johnson’s sideshow banner artwork, Kit Neale’s FW15 collection personifies the grand impact of the olde extravagant travelling show. No ringmaster in sight, but a head-to-toe textural outfit of orange, complete with a polished felt hat from Bailey of Hollywood, offset with Dr. Martens shoes; Leo the Lion made a modern day appearance.
The East London label of Christopher Neale and Caspar Hodgson branched away from the pastel offering of the SS15 British holiday inspired motif, with the FW15 collection casting an impression, from geometric patterned bomber jackets to mohair mid-length coats.
The ongoing influence – whether it is subtle or more apparent – of London culture and its casually chic style, is still an obvious detail in their FW15 pieces. But, Kit Neale’s take on the much-loved sweater, made a resurgence with the addition of graphic alphabet prints, at times even covered in glitter to make them really pop.