A few of the finest garments proven throughout style month aren’t made to put on — they’re purely for fantasy. Take those in British designer Harris Reed’s first full assortment, “For Now, Unexplained,” which debuted a day earlier than London Fashion Week formally kicks off. The timing is important: The British Fashion Council declared London Fashion Week gender-neutral beginning final June due to the pandemic.
Please take a second to admire the jaw-dropping appears on this assortment. The decadence is excessive — a flamboyant fusion of conventional menswear with the historic debutante robes of British aristocracy. What it isn’t, although, is just placing a person in a gown and calling it a day. Components historically related to menswear and womenswear are blended in new methods. In a single look, for instance, a pleated gown skirt is sewn at the waist of an asymmetrical swimsuit jacket. In one other, half of a pannier-like skirt is connected to a single pant leg, however then that’s then all blended in with intricate corseting on the within. Then, after all, there are the towering headpieces and windswept hair, frozen in time.
Reed’s title won’t be immediately recognizable, since he graduated from Central Saint Martins simply final yr. However you’ll have seen one in every of his designs on Harry Types within the pages of Vogue again in November, when the singer turned the primary male to seem solo on the journal’s cowl. Within the story that accompanied the quilt, Types wore a tailor-made Harris Reed swimsuit with an connected crinoline draped in ivory tulle, plus an enormous flouncy bow manufactured from fuchsia silk. Taking part in with gender expectations is clearly his forte, as are huge sweeping gestures.
“Harris Reed is trying to the horizon, dealing with the unknown with a insurgent streak and permitting for house, progress and exploration on this present second,” the present notes learn. “No matter comes subsequent, comes subsequent. For now, that is the way it exists.” See the remainder of the gathering under.