Between the bi-patterned plaid shirts, patchwork pants, and furry sweaters, Kit Neale’s Autumn Winter 2015 collection lived up to its plainly unserious reputation. Designer Christopher Neale evaded the conventional dark and muted fall palette in favor of his trademark bright hues, cleverly updating and almost satirizing British clothing staples in the London-based brand’s latest.
The collection was abundant with allusions to English culture. Most of the pieces incorporated cut up letter graphics (à la the Sex Pistols logo) in repeated patterns or individual characters, including an orange letter-patterned jacket with denim cuffs and enormous red pockets, a whimsical take on the trench coat. The silhouettes and styling suggested British boys’ primary school uniforms, such as a bright purple sweater with geometric shapes. Several looks, finished with backpacks, were topped with colored porkpie hats while “after school” pieces came in the form of bomber jackets with alphabet symbols and printed rolled shorts. In true English fashion, the collection was a celebration of history whilst looking ahead.