[B]uilding on the London designer’s fascination with paradise (see last season’s scuba tops and sun-ray printed jackets), Craig Green took us on a journey of self-discovery for AW18. Exploring the concept of “heroic utility,” blueprints of masculine dress and inherited codes of strength, there was a deep emotional pull throughout the collection.
On one level there’s the practical: seams running down the length of torsos and legs and contrast fin panels. Next, an independent spirit begins to emerge; Castaway-style vessels are broken down and clothing pulled apart and patched together again. “A process that also offers glimpses of core structures,” according to Green. That ultimately lead to “freer” and “purer” creations.
Finally, there is a moment of child-like optimism to bring everything full circle – from wild graphic impressions and pops of primary colours. The result of all three ingredients? A soulful snapshot of utilitarian tailoring for the modern man.