Christopher Shannon autumn/winter 2017 collection catwalk show for LFWM
London-based Liverpudlian Christopher Shannon launched his autumn/winter 2017 collection with a bold catwalk show at the Topman Show Space on day two of the London Fashion Week Men’s. Heavily channeling his renowned sporty, street look, with nods to yesteryear, Shannon’s was a youthful collection for those wishing to make a statement.
Strident models donned stroppy expressions, torn flags affixed to their faces and quiffs. Shredded denim, colour block suits and retro ski-underclothes-inspired leggings and oversized high-collar jumpers were all in the mix. Vibrant pinks, purples and splashes of fluro contrasted with grungy black. A two-sided knit jumper was teamed with grey lycra tights and high tops in an abstract interpretation of a casual ensemble.
Text and brand adorned jumpers, joggers and quilted trousers and jackets brought a contemporary twist to classic British street style. Trailing torn fabrics, loose straps and punky safety-pin fastenings ensured a messy, rebellious aesthetic, posing a retort to the sleek traditional tailoring that dominates menswear design.
While predominantly an uber-masculine look, flashes of leg in skin tight fabric and splashes of colour through the collection add a bravely feminine, sometimes flamboyant, edge. This contrasting, innovative style was perfectly captured by a thick, button-down, hooded, block-coloured coat paired with bright red leggings. Having already been shortlisted for an Emerging Menswear Award at the British Fashion Awards, Shannon’s new collection puts him firmly in the space of fresh-thinking designers with an expressive reincarnation of classic streetwear styles.
Photos: Erol Birsen