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LFW 09 – Tim Soar S/S 2010- Last Man Showing

LFW Tent, Wednesday 23rd September

Written by Matt Bramford

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Tim Soar is one of the hardest working men in fashion. Not only is his clothing label belting out innovative fashion, view he also spends his time working as graphic designer, generic finding the time to squeeze in being a DJ too.

I managed a sneak press peek of Tim’s A/W 09/10 collection at his new pop-up store in Selfridges, and I wasn’t surprised to find beautifully tailored clothes with hints of design quirks. His background as a graphic designer is evident through graphic prints, linear tailoring and a passion for aesthetic materials.

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There was a latex suit to behold, which might give the appearance of being a giant elastic band, and if that’s the ideal you’re planning to work in 2010, I’d suggest hitting Selfridges soon. Silliness aside, the piece is visually stunning.

Soar has also collaborate with man-of-the-moment (Christopher) Raeburn, whose statement ensembles are crafted from recycled parachutes (recycling = thumbs up from Amelia’s Magazine). I hereby predict that this technical and very wearable fabric, to be the look for next year.

I had the chance to chat with Tim at the event, who was beaming with excitement at having his AW09/10 range bought up by Selfridges. I asked him what kind of a customer was a Tim Soar man. “I think, luckily, that concept is rather outdated,” he told me and I agree. “The great thing about menswear is that you can create a look using lots of different sources – I might buy something by Margiela, and something at Nike, for example.” Soar did, however, describe who he thought was his target customer: 30+, with a “fashion-forward” mindset.

We also discussed the redux or indeed the transformation of men into fashion-forward creatures. “I think that work changes have had the biggest effect,” Soar decides, “and through the balance of the sexes and equality of power, men are becoming incredibly fashion concious.”

His Spring/Summer 2010 show continues to impress, delivering on the idea of men as fashion-forward.

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The collection was a fusion of sports-lux pieces married with tiptop tailoring that we’re beginning to become accustomed to from Tim Soar.

Menswear staples such as wide-legged trousers and smart suit jackets were given the Tim Soar directional treatment. Whilst an origami influence was evident in the construction of pale blazers with folds aplenty.

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Materials chosen for their visual qualities were abundant, such as silver leather, while the treatment of fabrics such as creped linens followed this visual textural theme.

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A collaboration with Christopher Raeburn on a white trench was a real winner, and I hope their creative partnership continues. Continuing to draw attention the possibilities of creating high fashion out of found or recycled materials.

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Shorts and trousers were high-waisted with unfinished hems, the deconstructed look presented well sleeker pieces.

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Oxford shoes were not excluded from the Soar treatment, featuring cutaway rears that payed homage to the lady’s sling-back. Furthermore, the shoes maintained masculinity when teamed with angular jackets and tapered trousers.

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Tim’s background as a graphic designer shone through again, with sophisticated prints and a devotion to high-contrast, extremely aesthetic materials. His collections really are a feast for the eyes and the final show – the ending to six glorious days of diverse London fashion – could not have been any better.

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Lead the way, Tim.

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All photographs by Matt Bramford

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