Pure Drama

Take a trip through the Costume Archive with Stefan Cooke’s slit-knits, chainmail and chest-bearing collars
By Bailey Slater | Fashion | 21 February 2022

Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt plunged into an archive of theatre costumes to reinvent the man about town: seen only in hurried glances, weaving through crowds, the Stefan Cooke man is heading out for a night on the town, and nothing, or no one will stop him. 

Our 2022 flâneur leaves the house in a metallic chainmail vest that hangs like glimmering reptile skin, paired with a straight skirt – its flat, thin pleats constricted by this season’s motif: a half organza show-piece that doubles as a hybridised loofa-stole, comprised of rivets upon rivets of perforated mesh bunched up in bright pinks or muted blacks. 

He’s off to an afterparty, in a hot-pink slash knit cardi, cream slash-knit scarf, grey slash-knit jumper, a brand staple every wardrobe craves. Now he’s heading to the next venue in a skinny tee with reinforced sleeves, puffed out with a full adornment of weighty, colourful buttons.

The accessories are most telling in this story, taking the brand’s sexy-minimal oeuvre to new heights with teenie handbags made of comfy studded leathers and thin metal chains. Doused in the feverish colours of this season’s knits in a blend of rockstar scarves and fuzzy mock necks, the Stefan Cooke man brings a sense of theatre to the streets. 

GALLERYCatwalk images from Stefan Cooke FALL-WINTER-22