Alex Mullins collection presentation A/W 2016 for LCM
Alex Mullins’ work often centres on the idea of a dynamic yet transient youth culture, translating that unique spirit into clothes that somehow manage to feel both nostalgic and extremely current.
This season, the focus was on boredom – or rather, the creative liberation that can evolve from boredom. Taking inspiration from the Britpop movement, Mullins’ latest designs explore the impact that imagination and spontaneity have on the functional aspect of clothes.
In a collection that played with the various textures and functions of fabric, denim was a recurring theme. Usually dark and often frayed at the edges, the rough details and surface decorations reflected that idea of youthful apathy. Slouchy denim jackets were thrown over sweaters or paired with oversized jeans in a way that felt both haphazard and contrived, reflecting the carefully perfected art of the youth who wishes to appear as though he doesn’t care. The sharp suede and leather shoes with their clean lines and pointed toes are what give the game away, providing a nice contrast with the various textures involved in the clothing itself.
Some of the most striking pieces, however, were those which featured colourful images and motifs emblazoned across the surface, grungy images that recalled the art of the Renaissance. With their acidic colours and draped, striking silhouettes, these dramatic coats and tunics won’t be for the faint of heart.
A vibrant collection that had you spotting new favourites everywhere you looked – perhaps being bored isn’t so boring after all.