With felt appliqués, Picasso-esque faces, and repurposed trash bags as accessories, Christopher Shannon perhaps defines “arts and crafts style” as it pertains to fashion in his Autumn Winter 2015 collection. The British designer’s latest is an exploration in materials as well as a statement on the consumer culture.
Models toted amorphously shaped garbage bags with Shannon’s moniker, with some even sporting the plastic ornament on their heads – some as hats, others as masks. The same item appeared as a graphic on some sweaters, emblazoned with the phrases “Thanks 4 Nothing” and “save me.” A dented coke can graphic adorns another; the message “Broke” a humorous takeaway and social commentary. Offsetting the abstract pieces were zipped corsets over puffer coats and tear-away snapped sweatsuits. Shannon’s provocative interpretation of familiar images is a reassurance of what we can expect in the designer: the unexpected.