As I made my way in the pouring rain towards Victoria House, the second of two LCM showspaces where I was expecting to find the Soulland AW16 Presentation, my eyes were drawn towards Bloomsbury Square Gardens, where lights were flashing and a group of very attractive people were standing under clear umbrellas.
Seconds later it dawned on me; that was the Soulland presentation. After grabbing an umbrella at the gates (someone had definitely prepared for January drizzle), I found myself in the middle of the gardens, sipping on a hot toddy and wandering around the group of models in the middle of the square.
The first word that sprung to mind on viewing the collection was ‘wearable’. Although the brand hails from Denmark, designer Silas Adler has created a range that is ideal for British weather. Let’s face it, if the clothes can last two hours on a dark, rainy, midwinter’s night, they can probably take whatever is thrown at them next Autumn.
Thick jeans, shearling coats and chunky hoodies were accompanied by chunky boots and waterproof jackets. Adler himself was spotted darting around the models, pointing out the highly technical fabric which was based on traditional Danish design, which he was also sporting under his coat to repel the elements. Once again, tartan and multiple layering was a key theme, joining many of the collections we’ve seen at this season’s LCM. Aptly for the conditions, Timberland boots were styled throughout.
The models were arranged around two wrecked cars, overwhelmed by grasses and vines. Adler attributed this to his musings on nature and how strong a power it is, without our intervention. With this collection, Adler has returned to the roots of fashion, creating something which is not only fashionable, but also ready to take on Mother Earth. I certainly know that when the summer days fade and winter is ahead of us, Soulland is the collection I would plump for to get me through to Spring.