Some people say rules were made to be broken. Others like to test this theory by bending them. Or, in the case of John Alexander Skelton, disregarding them completely.
Manifesting two fashionable months after the events of London Fashion Week: Mens, Skelton has taken over the top floor of the sarabande foundation building in east London to show his third collection for A/W 17.
Setting the stage for his collection, the floor and walls, even the support beams in the ceiling, were clad in a distressed dyed cloth. Candles sat atop pillars impaled in mounds of dirt in the center providing the atmosphere for an immersive experience.
layering was an important part of the A/W 17 collection clearly aimed toward outwear with the use of thicker, warmer materials, such as wool and corduroy for overcoats and sweaters. I was very impressed at the way he had re-purposed corduroy, a material commonly used for trousers, into a long overcoat.
Colours were mostly kept simple, with the use of dark and neutral tones and splashes of red and greens among others coming from his signature red neckerchiefs, and trousers sporting a tartan pattern.
Few ensembles were completed with headpieces made by Stephen Jones who Skelton had partnered with before.
Like all great works of art, the collection tells a story. Inspired by the events of Manchesers massacre of Peterloo in 1819, and the similarities to the countries current affairs. He wanted to raise awareness to the bloodshed which was achieved with models reciting Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘The masque of anarchy’ which was a political poem written in response to the massacre in it’s day.
A rebel with a cause John Alexander Skelton has set himself apart from the masses in the fashion world, and opened our minds as well as the doors to our wardrobe. And for that we thank you, after all George Santayana said: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. But if we do, at least we can look good doing it.