Tired of the unforgiving political climate, Julian Woodhouse decided to “have a field day”. So, for his Spring/Summer 2018 presentation, he quite literally built a field. Outfitting his men for the sport of life. While the entire collection was an editorial dream, a few pieces like a multicolored jersey trench coated in transparent plastic, or a black eyelet mesh top with loud red parachute pants whispered sweet nothings in my ear.
The clothes were great but, “nothing we see now is new,” the program stated. And he’s not wrong. It’s not as if the idea of stylish escape is a new one. Every designer, fledgling or established, has referenced the need for a creative oasis at some point in their careers, likely since the dawn of fashion. After all, the very definition, the very fabric of the luxury fashion industry has always been to offer a sweeter alternative to the harsher realities of the day- to-day. Publicists were handing out “Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood Pins” for God sakes. It’s scary but this is reality. This is our reality. Perhaps this is the industry’s way of taking responsibility? Perhaps a stylish game of cricket amidst the chaos of the world around us is Woodlouse’s way of turning down the noise. If only for a second.