In November it was announced that Liam Hodges would be a NewGen newcomer, set to receive support from what is one of British fashion’s most esteemed incubators. Stepping out from emerging designer group show MAN – thanks to years of hard work acclaim from press – Hodges can continue to grow under the guidance of TOPMAN with the intention of joining the star-studded list of NewGen’ers, from JW Anderson to Katie Eary and Sibling.
British petrolhead culture – “modified, hot hatchback, flat to the mat, Japanese-import-loving, British car culture” – and oily mechanics were the targeted men in mind to build Hodge’s aesthetic. Those who instead of buying a new car stubbornly purchase some crappy old banger and customise it to hedonistic proportions.
Reflecting this was Hodges’ ‘personalised licence plates’ (with “60 F45t3R”, and “4M I 2 CL053” on a long-sleeved shirt spelt backwards) acting as graphics across joggers and jumpers. A ‘DVLA’ yellow and a grease-monkey blue were core components to the line-up’s colour palette. While patch-working constructions – something of a calling-card for Hodges – comes back, adding depth. Palladium Boots, a close collaborator of Liam’s, debuted a new silhouette at the show; it’s history of DIY design (using canvas and vulcanised rubber left from supplying the aviation industry during WWII) clicks with Hodge’s imaginative nonchalance. Greasing up never looked so great.
GALLERYBackstage at this show
GALLERYCatwalk looks from this show