It’s not often that my brother is the one to inform me of up and coming talent, but when I’d seen that he’d ordered some of the Topman Agi & Sam collaboration, I had to start taking note. This duo sit comfortably in the middle-ground between commercial and crazy, making them the much deserved winners of the Emerging Talent title at the British Fashion Awards. AW14 took a calmer yet considered direction with traditional Masai patterns rendered in black, white and reflective inks. The outerwear was particularly strong, with dropped linings and oversized proportions to reflect the layers of African tribal workwear. The only pop of colour came on the vinyl-printed tops emblazoned with oil company logos, breathing a new lease of life into the streetwear trend.
It’s not often the models are told to smile at fashion week, so seeing this jolly bunch at Sibling was a welcome change. For this season the knitwear trio looked at the dockers, miners, steelworkers and engineers from John Bulmer’s 1960s photographs, capturing the spirit of the working man through crochet and cables. Somehow they’ve combined the industrial clothing elements with their typical sportswear aesthetic, so jumpers were patched and layered up with cosy scarves and a print of zoomed-in knit stitches accompanied the leopard print.