Christopher Raeburn and Band of Outsiders take us on a maritime adventure at LFWM SS18

Christopher Raeburn and Band of Outsiders take us on a maritime adventure at LFWM SS18

London Fashion Week Men's

Text: Weiqi Yap

From Christopher Raeburn’s wayfaring ensemble to Band of Outsider’s nautical whismy, London Fashion Week Men’s day 3 is all about navigation and direction

The inspiration: Looking to Slavomir Rawicz's The Long Walk, an epic story of a 4000-mile journey from Siberia to the Himalayas, Christopher Raeburn was inspired by themes of adventure and valour. Reflecting on harsh weather conditions of sun and wind, the collection served as a testament to the undying resilience of wayfarers.

The collection: Showcasing both menswear and womenswear, the lineup featured a palette of muted greys punctuated with shades of fluorescent grapefruit and camo print. Raeburn reconstructed anoraks and jerseys by incorporating kite material, a result of a collaboration with Exkite. Tulle was employed in a myriad of iterations, from bucket hats to head-to-toe ensembles.

Something you might have missed: Spring 2018 witnessed the introduction of a new collaboration with footwear label, Palladium. Staying true to the spirit of adventure, the two brands worked closely together to produce a series of technical footwear. Expect multifunctional sandals and boots in stores next year, rendered in high quality sustainable materials such as recycled rubber, organic cotton and PET-coated leather.

The presentation: From a 60-hour presentation in Spring 2013 to a scavenger hunt in Fall 2013, Band of Outsiders is known for their unorthodox sartorial showcases. This season, designer Angelo van Mol and brand director Daniel Hettmann treated guests to a stand-up show at the Top Secret Comedy Club in central London, where all of the performing comedians wore the label.

The collection: Inspired by seafaring workwear and the droll films of French filmmaker Jacques Tati, Band of Outsider's Spring 2018 instalment rode a clear ode to fashion's infatuation with nautical influences. Somewhat reminiscent of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, the collection saw a complete assortment of quintessential naval wear — parkas, life jackets, vests and pseudo-raincoats were redesigned to seamlessly integrate into any everyday wardrobe. Shades of deck-tan cream, sail white and pacific blue were sailing alongside buoy orange, kelp green and cabin fever red.

Try this now: Update your all-white ensembles with a pop of persimmon or marigold (looks 7 & 16) for a quirky take on daytime suiting. 

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