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Up next in my slow food approach to fashion week menswear posts, a review of Sibling’s 6th collection, Darn the Boozer, presented at Menswear day February 2011.

As if Shoreditch’s George & Dragon needed any more legendariness, Sibling’s film for their 6th collection features a cluster of likely lads downing pints at the Hackney Road institution. This time around the knitwear features emblems familiar through pub signage: Red Lions, George & Dragons and, in a typically perverse touch, pandas, a cute take on the Mexican wrestler mask complete with panda ears. With a soundtrack provided by Jerry Bouthier of Boombox fame, featuring Sultan’s of Ping FC (Where’s Me Jumper) and Bobby Darin (Mac The Knife), Sibling make evident their connections with the coolest corners of London’s fashion circles.

I loved the energy of Sibling’s last collection, but I feel this one is more accomplished: there is a confidence to  the shape and details of the knitwear, from belted cardigans to dramatic epaulets and leather fastenings, the grey knitted texture becoming reminiscent of chain mail. As ever with Sibling, there is a punk motif, best seen in the full mohican headpiece and elaborate scarf combination. A textured, 3D version of punk in luxury knitted materials.

For me the signature piece was the incredible lion sweater,  in regal red on red or (preferable in my eyes) on grey, the lion motif a full-on Aslan with a textured, tapestry like surface.

Sibling have an ability to take knitwear beyond being merely ‘jumpers’  because the thought behind it is literally knitted into the process of creating the material itself.

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