SHOW REPORT | 17/01/2017 | TAJINDER HAYER
SIBLING A/W '17
The formidable partnership of Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery has, for a number of seasons, created one of the must see shows on the men’s fashion week show schedule. Renowned by their legions of fans for their commitment to colour and print, the autumn offering was a fantastic collection of colourful knits and bold fashion statements.
Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi was known for his almost obscene collage of techniques and being so was a great counterpart for SIBLING. This season, Barcelona’s Park Güell inspired the designers, which is by far the best example of Gaudi’s iconic mosaics. This mish-mash, affectionately named “Mental Mosaic” informed the collection with graphics being directly taken from mosaic tiles in rich orange, navy and red, all thrown together in no particular order, all over tailored suits, bomber jackets and on knits. Gaudi style zebra prints were rendered across a sequined navy knit (an absolute standout for The Rakish Gent) and slashed across a cardigan in navy and red. More animal print, by way of a leopard’s tail wends across a jumper or elsewhere creates havoc on tailoring and matching flat caps.
A new focus on England and Englishness saw the aforementioned flat cap joins football sock bows, bunting, badges and elegant headgear as key pieces in the new collection. A clever move – as lower priced and more wearable accessories will be key sellers for the brand.
SIBLING are best known for their knitwear and it is a constant joy to see it be sent down a catwalk (as a side note, this show was probably the best cast at LFWM so props to The Natalie Monroe Show for casting heavyweights like Jhona Burjack, Ashton Gohil and Christian Bordin who were superb). This seasons knitwear featured stripes in red and blue dissected by coloured bands. Knitted lurex and fabric tiles came together for a men’s vest with hand crochet, and ruffle were used to stunning effect on a Toreador sweater and on the edge of a coat.
Autumn is not traditionally an overtly extravagant season for menswear but the SIBLING AW17 collection was extravagant. This was owing to stylist Judy Blame and her eternal inspirations of Pearly Kings and Queens. East London and red, white and blue. Of course, extravagance is no bad thing in our book and this was one of the best SIBLING collections to date.