Lookbook review: Marwood accessories AW13
This isn’t exactly a hot off the press piece, given that I first saw Marwood‘s latest accessories collection at LC:M in January and again at an event at Zaha Hadid‘s studio a few months back. But, perusing the hi-res images from Marwood’s lookbook for this coming Autumn/Winter, I was compelled to share them with you now, regardless of fashion calendar timing, together with a little musing on the story of the lookbook.
Inspired by images of the artist, filmaker and poet, Jean Cocteau, this collection of ties, scarves and shawls, has the recognisably delicate touch of designer Becky French, but evolves the Marwood brand on in terms of additions to the now signature ties and bow ties. What grabbed me most about the images from this lookbook is the powerful stare of the model (actually a photographer friend rather than a jobbing model, who was sporting enough to shave off his beard for the enterprise), and his ability to carry off some of the persona of Cocteau himself, albeit a slightly less effete version. Here is another example of the move towards having more characterful, older models in fashion editorial and even catwalk shows. There is something fascinating in this man’s gaze and the nonchalance and the sense of lived experience with which he carries off the various outfits.
Matched, image by image, with an iconic inspiration from Cocteau, complete with props like the telescope, this is the perfect vehicle to communicate the Marwood vision of accessories, not as mere embellishments but as starting points, integral to a whole look. I’m compeletely enthralled by the enlarged houndstooth, and love the way that ties are worked into a variety of different styles of dress, including the uniform of a working artist, the denim boiler suit. Whilst the salons and ateliers of Cocteau’s day are now a distant dream, the idea of adding a touch of romance to your everyday wardrobe and the combination of formal, informal and workwear tells a great story about how men dress, then and now.
Two previous Marwood posts you might be interested in, incorporating video: