Katie Eary has become a somewhat unlikely hero of modern menswear. A firm personal favourite, I remember borrowing pieces from Katie from her MA collection and have enjoyed watching her progress season on season, it is design talent like Eary that London Collections is clearly made for.
This was definitely Katie’s most commercially led collection yet, strip away the styling and you have a solid collection of printed sweaters, trousers, shorts and asymmetrically buttoned shirts. The styling like at Topman was geared towards skaters as models carried their boards and were styled with long slim line trousers layered under shorts. The digital prints seemed to lead on from the trend for mirror printing but also used an almost tie dye like effect as a base. White pvc trousers and shorts were also joined by trousers with an almost reptile skin like effect.
The palette of bronze, gold, orange, brown and blue hues was bold and while it seemed all these tones should fight with one another, they definitely worked cohesively.
There was almost an element of urban chic to the collection and the fact that Eary has been working with Kanye West definitely showed here, I could see Kanye in any number of the pieces shown today.
Katie Eary has for several seasons mixed women’s wear into her collections and today female models wore printed bikini’s with leather biker jackets or gold sequined swimsuits slashed to the navel.
– words by Rivkie Baum
photos by Eva