LCM Preview: Kit Neale SS15
Last week I caught up with menswear designer Kit Neale in his studio. Originally known for his prints, as a designer Kit’s range is becoming known for perfectly proportioned casual wear such as jean jackets and bombers, and last season brought surprise in the form of beautiful jacquard fabrics alongside the signature prints. I was looking forward to seeing what Kit has in store for us in SS15.
Moving on from explorations of London’s less celebrated quarters (Autumn/Winter was inspired by the decaying Elephant & Castle shopping centre) next summer stretches those horizons slightly, “it’s Kit Neale goes on holiday” Kit explained, “I got sick of people asking what part of London we were going to do next” he added, “…Waterloo?” Central to the Kit Neale aesthetic is a strong sense of Britishness, complete with our famous sense of humour. Whether the motifs come from formica caffs, fishy seaside menus or vegetables from his dad’s allotment, the Kit Neale brand has a strong sense of place and identity. Therefore, the Kit Neale version of foreign travel has more of an air of Carry On Abroad about it than the swish of luxury travel. Think sunburned Brits abroad and the rituals of budget airline travel. What is unique about Kit’s work however, is that the underlying humour does nothing to diminish the quality of the clothes: the fabrics and construction are always impressive and tactile and the characters involved always tell a great narrative. Inspired this time by some frankly weird waxy figures depicting archetypal holidaymakers (picked up in a Brooklyn flea market), SS15’s story may have moved on from South London but remains essentially Kit Neale.
Kit Neale SS15 will be presented later this morning, however, here is a sneak glimpse of some of the inspirations and moodboards for this collection.