Oliver Spencer’s Autumn/ Winter 18 collection does indeed confirm that ‘Love Is The Drug’.
This year, Oliver Spencer digs down to his routes of location to celebrate the city we love: London. Oliver thinks about a day in the life of London to translate his enthusiasm of the city’s culture into new, upcoming designs. Looking back upon the times of exciting sounds and vibes such as those from the rock band Roxy Music, Oliver extracts and underlines the words of Bryan Ferry (lead vocalist and songwriter of Roxy Music) “Love Is The Drug” – the title of this flawless lineup.
Oliver continues to follow the British gentleman aesthetic for his collection that, this season, closely continues from the designs of his Spring/ Summer 18 work earlier this year called ‘Love Town’. He carefully links the fabrics of velvet to sequel his SS18 line-up, reimagined in new colourways of chocolate and mustard to mirror the vibrant colours of London’s nightlife.
The colour palette of the ‘Love Is The Drug’ collection, as aforementioned, pays tribute to London in all of its glory, from the dulled out tones of the Thames to the bright, luminous flashes of colours of the nighttime scenes. Whether you choose to stroll London parallel to the river on the Thames’ bank or step out at night in celebration, Oliver Spencer has encapsulated and placed all of the colours you’d expect to see in his clothing. Charcoals, greys, navy and browns represent the water and the urban side of the city where mustards, chocolates, burgundy, creams and beiges stand for the ‘nocturnal London’ that releases its wild side of good times – love is the drug, after all.
After Oliver Spencer showed his SS17 collection during London Fashion Week 2016 (a menswear first), we caught up with the man himself to talk all things Oliver Spencer. We asked for his opinions on the ever-growing blurs between men’s and womenswear and he commented on how he loved seeing women wear his designs, with a particular nod in the direction of model Daisy Lowe of whom he had seen wear one of his blazers. This made his ‘Love Is The Drug’ show even more exciting as both men and woman walked, shedding his line in a new light to prove that women, too, can look just as good in his exquisite designs. What’s more? One of the women walking was Daisy Lowe herself – what a proud, landmark moment for Oliver Spencer this must have been.
WORDS: LAUREN NOBLE | FASHION WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHS: Amy Alice | PHOTOGRAPHER
Social media app, Vero, is an ongoing collaborator with Oliver Spencer. Having supported this show, the collection is exclusively available through Vero. As an evolution of See Now Buy Now, customers are also able to buy items as influencers like Daisy Lowe and Erin O’Connor share their favourite looks.