SHOW REPORT | 19/01/2017 | TAJINDER HAYER
BLOOD BROTHER A/W '17
England, and in particular London seemed to be a source that many designers and brands looked to, when bringing their autumn collections to life. Blood Brother took this source one step further, with the River Thames, being a major source of interest for the design team, both for its size and relevance.
As opposed to generic concepts (water, boats, history) that the designers could have considered, Blood Brother looked at more abstract quirks like “Why does the River Thames seem to reflect London and its heritage so well?” To help answer this big question, Blood Brother also linked to iconic London buildings that share the riverbank, and the subcultures of the people that depend on the River Thames for their survival, like mud larkers and ferrymen that make their living from the waters.
Moving from inspiration to the clothes themselves, Blood Brother continued to use print, this season by referencing the mapping and cartography of the river. Detailed embroidery was featured over silks, sweats and tailoring too, which were all executed in shapes that are key to the brand for the season. The tailoring was a talking point – jumbo cord featured with more casual pieces along waxed cotton, combined with strapping and pocket details to provide a cool, waterproof and utilitarian look. Classic Blood Brother signature oversized coats and bombers were also present, to keep fans of the brand happy. Where colour was used, it was used well – orange and pink provided a welcome relief from monochrome and were superb pops against a dark background.
Autumn also sees the re-launch of the Blood Brother accessories line. A five piece collection comprising of hats, scarves, bags, wallets and shoes are strongly fit in with the apparel and are functional, just as those that live and work on the Thames would expect.
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