Ben Sherman and Henry Holland's first foray into collaboration brought some much-needed fun into an LFWM that left some yearning for more.
Once invitees made it through the throngs of fashion-fanatics outside Somerset House, we were treated to a black and white exhibit tracing northern soul's storied history. With a live DJ for added authenticity, we moved through the underbelly of Somerset House (cocktail in hand) before arriving at a hundred-metre-long catwalk, framed by brick arches running parallel to the Thames.
The show began with a rousing (if not completely unexpected) northern soul dance performance. The twisting and shouting were soon replaced by Ben Sherman's signature fishtail parkas, suiting and knitwear infused with Henry Holland's quirky prints and all-over motifs. Standout pieces included a borg zip-up in bubblegum pink with patches and a white, oversized parka with a large 70s pop mandala embroidered across the back.
Logo scarves made an appearance on several looks (cementing their AW18 status) as did messenger bags decked out in patches and badges. Structure met charm in this assemblage of two of Britain's menswear greats!
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