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London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Catwalk Review: Christopher Shannon

Bad boy Christopher Shannon presented a more sophisticated collection on Menswear Day, at London Fashion Week, 24 February 2010…

Written by Matt Bramford

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Fabulously illustrated by Gemma Milly

Christopher Shannon’s eccentric fashions rolled into town again on London Fashion Week’s Menswear Day. Last season played host to his brightly coloured chav-inspired sportswear, and while this year’s presentation still had hints of Scally Shannon, it seems the bad boy is growing up…

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Inspired by climate change and an childlike jealousy towards his brother’s ski-wear, Shannon presented sportswear with tailored touches, made up of mostly sportswear materials. Baggy, shiny trackpants (with a nod to the shellsuit) were teamed with Morgan Allen-Oliver’s lux knitwear.

Sweatshirts were worn around the waist, layered over delicate knitwear, providing a very masculine silhouette. Long, lightweight trenches and vibrant puffa jackets were worn over leggings with graphic patterns – sounds ridiculous but teamed with ski boots, they worked.

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Shannon’s signature pattern for this season involved giving good old Paisley a much-needed modernisation, fusing it with pixilations.

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As the collection progressed, neons provided a much-welcomed dash of colour to a relatively muted colour palette of grey and navy. Fuschia pink fair isle headbands and towelling cross-body bags were two great examples of this.

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Fabulously illustrated by Gemma Milly

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A more wearable collection, it seems Shannon is moving in a mature, grown-up direction, whilst still keeping sight of his roots, embedded in chav culture. I fear this is credit-crunch/commercially viability related – I’d prefer it was a conscious creative effort on Shannon’s part.

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