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London Fashion Week S/S 2012 Catwalk Review: Fashion Mode, James Hillman

For this season menswear designer James Hillman looked to the stars for inspiration. Showing as part of Fashion Mode at Fashion Scout on Saturday 17th September 2011.

Written by Amelia Gregory

James Hillman SS12 by Gareth A Hopkins
James Hillman S/S 2012 by Gareth A Hopkins.

I’ll say it straight up front shall I? It’s the second time I’ve seen a James Hillman catwalk show and I’m just not convinced by his choice of models. Models and styling are utterly intrinsic to my perception of a collection and unfortunately slightly cheesy ‘n’ sleek muscle men who strut with a stoop shouldered stride just don’t do it for me, proving a distraction from the collection rather than an enhancement… For S/S 2012 James Hillman – who is one of the Fashion Mode designers – styled his men in dark shades, slightly quiffed hair and bitty lips in pastel shades, as if ski protection had been badly applied.

James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS12 by Gareth A Hopkins
James Hillman S/S 2012 by Gareth A Hopkins.

Most interesting and wearable were the wide legged suit trousers and darling suit shorts worn with elegantly pleated shirts that had just a hint of pan collar. Pan collars for men! Surely that’s when you know that a trend is here to stay. This seasons collection was inspired by outer space and in particular black holes: manifested in the swirling asymmetric cuts of shirting and pastel colours reminiscent of an exploding star. Elements of formalwear were very strong, but forays into the land of sportswear with tight jersey tops were not so well advised.

James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James, I’m gonna make a plea: please reconsider your choice of models for next season because these boys just weren’t very directional and your clothes deserve better. Go on, just for me, although I am sure that others will agree.

James Hillman SS 2012 review-photo by Amelia Gregory
James Hillman SS 2012. All photography by Amelia Gregory.

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