The question of whether fashion is art is often considered in the world of apparel and it was certainly a topic addressed by menswear designer Katie Eary in her 8th season at London Collections: Men. While there is no definitive answer, for AW15 the designer certainly gave her opinion on the debate.
Taking inspiration from her favourite contemporary artists, Jeff Koons, Jenny Saville and KAWS, Eary emblazoned much of her work with glossy prints of brains, rib cages and teeth.
In a flamboyant array of sweaters, hoods, t-shirts and shirts, Eary showcased her aptitude of hand-painted flesh textures and sheen finishing, the results of extensive research to perfect the natural tones of flesh wound recovery. Models were enshrouded in macs and parkas, layered over knits with shocking internal imagery and quilted cashmere shirts.
In keeping with the collections aggressive persona the palette for the season incorporated vibrant pink, loud orange and teal working in conjunction with navy and aubergine. Hoods and scarves all adorned models, with a repeated brain detail hat a primary display that added plaited texture.
On the bottom, Eary dressed models in tailored trousers that were in direct contrast to the top half of the silhouette, and the collection utilised an array of fabric including mohair, lambs wool and cashmere, – all no doubt a nod to the pull and shift in contemporary art.