Sibling‘s show on the middle day of London Collections: Men weekend was everything the Revolution-proclaiming invite suggested: spirited, anarchic, a riot of oversized sequins, balaclavas and print. Brilliantly styled by Katie Grand and soundtracked by London punk anthems (including If the Kids and White Riot) the show was a literal eye-opener, and the final lineup of models in sequinned masks and pom-pom headdresses was like the assembly of some particularly glamourous tribe for regal inspection. I couldn’t wait to have a closer look myself, and the collection was conveniently displayed in the basement showroom below.
Bringing us up to a rather appropriate number 3 in my series of interview-ettes with London’s fashion design talent, is dynamic knitwear design trio Sibling. Their collections have consistently been a highlight in my visits to menswear day over the last few seasons. Possessing a delicious sense of subversion, the knitwear designers are VERY London. Not only do they produce beautiful knitwear, but their work is presented with an impact worthy of a gallery. Recent installations have included dodgem cars, Paris Texas inspired prison visit booths, and accompanying films. With decades of experience between them, Sibling are literally knitted into London’s fashion culture right now.
1. SL: Congratulations on winning the New Gen Men catwalk sponsorship. What does this mean to you as a team? What difference will it make?
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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, including a track by The Fall, Sibling make evident their connections with the coolest corners of London’s fashion circles.
The word I really want to use is jacquard. One of those strange fashion words I am familiar with, probably having spent too much time browsing mail order catalogues and reading my mum’s magazines as a child, it has a sense of naff midle-Englishness about it, a bit like an old sit com. Bouclé is a similar word, as is the colour fawn.
But I digress from the point of this post; I spotted a young man yesterday wearing the most beautiful sweater as he stood before me in the queue at the local organic store. With a vibrant pattern of reds, oranges, rusts and deep blues and a highly textured knitted texture, what was most enviable about it was that it was the perfect cover up for a summer evening. The slightly open weave allowed for breeze whilst the weight and quality of the knit – I’d guess at a combination of cotton and silk – suggested warmth but without any sense of heaviness, after all he was wearing shorts and deck shoes so this was no winter warmer. And as I gazed enviously at his knit I realised that I’d seen a number of sweaters with similar patterned qualities around recently. To my mind this means a street trend.