Ratty threads: what I loved about Kit Neale AW14
For the two previous seasons of LCM I’ve had the pleasure of dropping into the Kit Neale studio to get an insight into the brand’s inspirations as designers and to see the collection come together, becoming addicted in the process to the Kit Neale pop-art-coloured view of the world. Conflicting schedules meant previews didn’t happen for me this season so I had the quite different excitement of seeing the collection fresh out of the box. For AW14, inspiration shifted (via a quick shunt up the Old Kent Road) from the world of Peckham chicken shops and weave salons to the terminally-in-demise Elephant & Castle shopping centre. Displayed on piles of iconic debris, rat motifs and trademark Kit Neale brights celebrated a uniquely London environ, captured here with the humour and cheeky affection of a Martin Parr photograph. Design-wise, impressive this season was the inclusion of some new fabrics particularly the gorgeous jacquards, in an elegant black and white and also a warmer colour way (paired with denim) adding a surprising touch to expectations of Kit Neale’s prince-of-printness. Building on last season’s exploration of classic streetwear shapes like sweatshirts, denim jackets and bombers, the finish and details on the jacquard pieces in particular demonstrated that the fashion minds at work here are more than just print deep.