Maharishi’s Devotional uniform and habits: ll AW 16 collection previewed last Saturday at London Collections men, bringing 90’s nostalgia to the catwalk. A specialist in military fashion, Maharishi’s ‘utility chic’ pieces epitomized uniformity, street wear, and even tribalism.
The graphic camouflage references and rustic colour palette allowed technology to meet nature, reflecting much of the brands previous collections. The loose silhouettes also reflect ongoing themes of religious devotion and contemporary gang member style… take the robe like jackets inspired by Tibetan Buddest monks, Military overalls and badges. Not to mention every model wore a pair of Hi Tech Army training shoes known to be England and Germany’s long term supplier.
The fusion of complex subcultures and moral codes all embody the idea of East meeting west, the collection pushes boundaries and ruffles the norms of what is expected on today’s high fashion catwalks.
Last Friday, British brand Barbour played tribute to its heritage with its Autumn Winter 2016 collection at London Collections: Mens.
With a focus on the entire outfit – rather than just the outerwear that the brand is best known for – Barbour showcased its 2 main looks for next season: Night Watch and Ancient Tartan.
Combining the traditional with the modern, the former offers a re-imagined collection of some of Barbour’s classic styles. With black leading as the predominant colour, the focus lies mainly on the innovative use of technical fabrics and the positioning of pockets and zips.
Wax jackets are the standout pieces in the collection and come in a range of lengths. Combining practicality with style, the functionality of every detail from waterproof zips to large pockets has been considered.
The second collection, Ancient Tartan, pays homage to one of the brand’s exclusive prints. Its design originates from the same Scottish district in which the name ‘Barbour’ itself originated in the 14th Century.
The Ancient Tartan was first introduced as a lining on Barbour’s classic wax jackets in the 1990’s and the colours took centre stage for Autumn Winter 2016, creating a sophisticated colour palette of creams, yellows and greens.
During the presentation, Barbour also showcased its fourth capsule collection with White Mountaineering. The collaboration combines the best of both brands with Barbour’s classic tartan lining the brightly coloured Crux jacket.
Barbour’s Director of Menswear, Ian Bergin, said the collection combines the best of Barbour’s archives with modern styles to “represent what Barbour is today”.