• Text Lakeisha Goedluck
  • Photography Tomas Turpie
  • 11th June 2018

Costume hire

Now onto their third collection presented in conjunction with MAN, you can always expect James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks of Rottingdean Bazaar to go off-piste. For FW18, a cardboard cutout of Naomi Campbell made it down the catwalk, as did a woman dressed as a human dartboard – as far as these two designers are concerned, when it comes to their design ethos, anything goes.

The audience was given a clue as to what the pair had in store via the show notes-cum-costume hire receipt. Holding “For rent” signs high above their heads which gave details of each costume, models trailed out in an assortment of novelty-inspired looks.

Ranging from silly to downright sensational, one man stepped out in an ornate Chinese cracker costume which enveloped the bottom half of his face. A Christmas tree, a worm and an ear of corn outfit followed, but the get-up that elicited the most raucous response was a blue embellished number simply described as: “David Bowie, ashes to ashes.” Playful and provocative, Rottingdean Bazaar’s whimsical design flair was very much in full swing.