• Text  Lakeisha Goedluck
  • Photography Alin Kovacs
  • 9th January 2018

synthetic reality

As most recent winner of the prestigious L’Oréal Professionnel Creative Award – that’s been scooped up by the likes of Ashish and Matty Bovan in the past – and recipient of the H&M Design Award 2018, Stefan Cooke’s London Fashion Week debut understandably garnered much anticipation.

Not dissimilar to his graduate collection, Cooke delivered his vision of reimagined everyday menswear staples. “A synthetic experience of reality” was the ethos that underpinned his work, as second-hand pieces were bought on eBay, shot, digitally manipulated and repurposed for his collection.

Heritage knitwear was paired with snakeskin-print pieces to illustrate the designer’s adeptness at employing both traditional craftsmanship and modern techniques. A standout aspect of his offering were the handbags encased in perspex with silk scarves tied to the handles – the ideal accessories to round off such a refined, avant-garde line.