Bodybound spring/summer 2018 collection presentation for LFWMLondon Fashion Week Men’s SS18
Kim Champion and Pliny Wilkins, the duo behind Bodybound, have somehow managed to show us the 70s in a different light, and leave a political taste in our mouths. In the year of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the flower-power revolution, this salon presentation titled We Shall Not Wilt is a modern yet nostalgic statement that draws upon peaceful principles called for years before Trump, May and Putin.
Inspired by the flower, an unexpected heroine that grows despite politics and social turmoil, the collection tells a tale of solidarity and hope. Much like the Rose, Carnation, Jasmine and Poppy revolutions, this collection challenged what we expected to see amongst catwalks of now monotonous streetwear, and told us: “No Fight No Future.”
The self-declared “juxtaposition of machismo with femininity” consisted of sheer embroidered tunics and wide leg trousers contrasted with military pockets and over-dyed denim jackets. From afar, barbed wire embroideries hid as innocent pinstripes on wide leg trousers, and carefree peace symbols amongst daisies. Floral embroideries replaced rock and roll patches, and military boots were merged with platforms for a more practical fighting edge.
This collection might not be entirely wearable, but it certainly is thought provoking.
Photos: Filippo L’Astorina