On day two of London Fashion Week Men’s at the iconic BFC showspace of 180 Strand, Arashi Yanagawa, founder and designer of John Lawrence Sullivan stays true to his ethos of retro tailoring and
box-ey’ shoulders as he creates the perfect wardrobe for a 70’s inspired psychopath. His AW18 theme takes inspiration from the mood of films such as Twin Peaks and taxi Driver, in which a natural born killer has multiple personalities reflected throughout the collection.
The catwalk opens with a long leather coat worn open with a casual dark t-shirt layered under a checkered shirt, tucked into high-rise denim ankle grazers. This look is accessorised with a country western style belt buckle, snake print cowboy-like shoes, thin sunglasses positioned low on the nose bridge and completed with the model’s hair asymmetrically cut, setting the pace for the psychotic retro army yet to follow.
The juxtaposition of various styles continues throughout the catwalk with two-tone trousers, open waistcoats and buckled cowboy boots, slightly softened with beautifully tailored double breasted jackets and coats with broad padded shoulders, creating an eerie persona of a smart/ casual professional. The occasional use of velvet brings out an underlying elegance with the help of royal purple and emerald shades.
Accessories provided an understated yet unique touch to the catwalk. A mixture of bulky metal chains and vintage like embroidered leather pouches worn at the waist enhanced the rebel cowboy aspect aswell as a sense of authenticity and craftsmanship. Each ensemble represented an intriguing mix of multiple personalities. Conflicting alter egos wonderfully represented through contrasting textures and shapes.
In homage to Arashi’s past career as a professional Boxer, a key detail of the collection is inspired by boxing techniques, developed into a provocative fighting silhouette which links the collection to the brand’s DNA of Boxing design.
Words: SHANNA BENT | @miss.bent
Images: AGENCY ELEVEN | @agencyeleven