John Lawrence Sullivan autumn/winter 2018 collection catwalk show for LFWM
John Lawrence Sullivan’s new collection draws inspiration from psychopath films and dark moods, presenting original combination of elements.
Designer Arashi Yanagawa prefers black and grey colours, in all their nuances, together with plain brown, purple, and a vibrant emerald green. The creations are sophisticated in the mixing of the different components, highlighting the creative blending of more classic tailoring with edgy traits.
Starting off his career as a professional boxer, Yanagawa’s past is reflected in the predominant crouching styles of the silhouettes.
For this AW18 collection, he heavily plays with fabrics: wool, leather and patent above all. He provocatively works from standard outfits to create elegant and powerful new designs, strongly influenced by Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Lynch’s Twin Peaks. The dual-sided personalities of sinister characters are represented by bi-material trousers, were jeans blend with leather, neatly separated at the middle of the clothing.
Western cowboy elements feature together with psycho killer fashion. The designer sporadically uses accessories, but always adding a powerful touch to the images. From bolo ties, to small rectangular pochettes, either hanging with thin laces from the wrist or worn over the high-waist belts.
Sinister is the fitting adjective for the show. Black leather stilettos and boots match with long coats, where white soft fur occasionally appears. Modern is another important concept. Pinstriped suits and waistcoats become instantly contemporary, renovated by sleek accessories.
Alternating the old and the new, John Lawrence Sullivan challenges the gloomy styles connected with the theme of psycho, producing contemporary strong clothing.
Photos: Kimberley Larmouth
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