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ON|OFF returned for its 15th annual showcase at London Fashion Week 2017, presenting the seasons’ three most exciting international talents: Jack Irving, Luke Anthony Rooney and CAPLANENTWISLE.

To kick off what would prove to be one of the most diverse catwalks of the week, the ON|OFF showcase took on the invigorating atmosphere of a music concert, thanks live a performance from the equally rising talents of London based indie-pop band, Stereo Honey.

 

First out on the catwalk was the SS18 collection “Resort”, by CAPLANENTWISLE. Adam Entwisle and Emma Caplan joined forces after graduating from Central St Martins in 1999, going on to found not one, but two cult labels, Horace and Buddhist punk as famously worn by The Rolling Stones.

Now, the eponymous design team return, with a collection inspired by the reformed millennial attitude toward freedom and diversity. Oversized jackets, frayed hems and hand-painted denim infused the collection with that raw, unrefined sense of reckless youth. A mood surmised by the classic-cut slogan tee professing, ‘we are all colour here’.

Luke Anthony Rooney’s signature colourful designs followed on seamlessly. Less rough-and-ready around the edges perhaps, Rooney’s SS18 collection continued the relaxed vision of millennial society.

Silk slip dresses and easy-fit tailoring provided a sophisticated sense of elegance, light, airy fabrics creating a sense of movement, while the playful use of colour and simple hair and makeup styling, added to the youthful feel of the collection.

Jack Irving brought something a touch more extravagant to the catwalk. Having famously designed for Lady Gaga, Irving’s blow-up designs can certainly not be classed as ready-to-wear…

We can’t be certain where Iriving gets his inspiration for these avant-garde pieces, but whether he’s an avid deep-sea diver or got abducted by aliens as a child, his SS18 designs are nothing short of fabulous.

From metallic warrior-esque body-suits, to what looked like inflatable anemones, his models both shocked and commanded the catwalk in incredible platform heels.

There’s no doubt that ON|OFF presents has this year succeeded in promoting three soon-to-be dominating design talents.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts

Taking over the Barge House at the OXO Tower this season, the On|Off space at LFW is always the place to go to discover something new, which is exactly what we did when we went to see the CAPLANENTWISLE AW17 presentation. On walking into the industrial-chic room, you could be forgiven to thinking that you’d wandered into a backstage party – models stood around casually chatting and drinking, wine and plastic cups were laid out across the room and polaroids of the looks littered the walls. But this chill vibe was in fact the best way to get up close and personal with the clothes, and to understand exactly what the collection was about.


CAPLANENTWISLE is the latest collaboration from Adam Entwisle and Emma Caplan, a design duo who have been producing collections since 1999. Its debut collection, The Stranger as a Social Type, was a feast of millennial attitude, full of fraying, oversized silhouettes and printed texture.

Bold yellow checks and big stripes appeared across the clothes, paired with moody black backgrounds. The designs put a modern day punk vibe on classic shapes – trousers were baggy and trailing, braces became tops and shirts were thrown on like skirts. All were finished with raw edges and hanging threads, raising the question of how many times we can reinvent something before it starts to fall apart. Hoods were worn up, hair was worn slicked and Converse finished every look, adding to the relaxed yet defiant atmosphere.

With their first collection CAPLANENTWISLE are walking the fine line between artistic exploration and functionality, challenging the very nature of the fashion industry with a series of clothes that can be thrown on and worn without any fuss. Seeing them being worn in real life, hanging out on a Friday evening drinking wine, highlighted both their wearability and vulnerability – the odd spill of red wine could have been disastrous – which was an integration between the designer and consumer that we are looking forward to seeing more of next season.

 

Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Mel Williams | Fashion Week Photograher