“LIVESTOCK as ACCESSORIES
is a BONAFIDE TANGENTIAL TREND, ALBEIT ONE BEST LEFT for THE FRONT ROW ”
The upshot? AW18’s rustic turn has all the ‘devil-may-care’ energy of kids crashing through the barnyard doors, followed by runaway livestock. Incidentally, livestock as accessories is the season’s bonafide tangential trend, albeit one best left for luxury campaigns and the front rows. To wit: a teacup pig in the front row at Proenza Schouler’s SS19 show, and Harry Styles in a Gucci ad that launched the same week, swine as accessory to a heritage check suit.
Is it a coincidence that the bucolic (something so quintessentially British) is a theme as the country navigates Brexit? Perhaps not. Natasa Cagalj, the Slovenian-born, UKbased creative director at Ports 1961, says she was thinking about the UK for her collection of khaki and cream-coloured knits; its rolling landscapes and the Highland mills responsible for its textiles. ‘The show was an ode to the landscape,’ she says. ‘We also wanted to show our pride in how and where our garments are made,’ she adds, touching on the graphic blankets produced in Yorkshire that boldly state ‘Made in Britain’. Made in Britain by an EU citizen who has made London her home? A timely reminder, perhaps, of the international make-up of Britain’s fashion industry.
Whatever the reason, comfort is clearly key when it comes to AW18 style. And no doubt wardrobes that weather the storms through winter will be welcome among the bodycon animal print also appearing on AW18’s catwalks. Plus, if you really can’t tear yourself away from the slanket, you at least have your excuse ready: ‘Leave me alone. It’s fashion.’
THE ICONThe Queen must have been on a number of mood boards this season…