Art was the key inspiration in Paris this season for Autumn/Winter 2016 during men's fashion week. Emerging designers showing at the London Showrooms event, presented avant-garde and raw collections using collage, photo montage and Pop Art, reports Elli Ioannou from the French capital.
|The Paris showrooms. Elli Ioannou Photomedia|
|Alex Mullins AW16 London by Shawn James Cox BFC|
|The designer in Paris. Elli Ioannou Photomedia|
|Charles Jeffrey AW16 London. Photo Dan Sims BFC|
|Parnell-Mooney:Elli Ioannou Photomedia|
“Music and art are my main inspirations, this season I’m obsessed with Brian Molko from Placebo, known for promoting androgynous female aesthetics in the 90s," he says.
|Rory Parnell-Mooney AW16. Photo Dan Sims|
|Alex Mullins:Elli Ioannou Photomedia|
|Alex Mullins AW16 London. Photo Shawn James Cox BFC|
"I didn’t realise this was unique growing up in a creative environment and having that support until I was at university.” Inspiration for the current AW16 collection stems from the everyday and mundane, such as the time spent waiting for a train or a bus. “Boredom is necessary to activate your imagination and encourages movement in yourself in a provocative way,” he says.
Androgyny and custom-made clothing is the direction that all three designers say are the future trends in men’s fashion and they all produce their collections locally in the UK, keeping the tradition of the atelier alive. Louise Wilson had a great impact and influence on all three designers and her teaching has left an indelible mark on them all.