Cottweiler: Menswear Spring/ Summer 2019
What does a Cottweiler guy pack for a yoga retreat? This seemed to be the question Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty had on their minds while designing the brand’s Spring/ Summer 2019 collection. And no, the answer was not your classic LuluLemon shorts and a random t-shirt your mum gave you before you moved out. This guy is doing the downward dog and wearing a leather tracksuit, he’s meditating in the lotus position while (un)dressed in a crop top and a pair of see-through nylon joggers. What we’d usually consider the least appealing clothes of them all, the boys turned into something hyper-sexual. Bodycon layers, extreme cutouts and transparent materials all gave a new, subversive meaning to traditional ideas of wellbeing. One model had cupping marks covering his torso, while another walked with a massive LCD screen airing an image of a calming sunset under his arms. It was a new take on Resort wear that made us realise how boring workout clothes usually are. This kind of focus on activewear didn’t just come out of the blue. Held at the Rambert School of Dance, the show also announced the brand’s collaboration with the School’s new dance company Rambert 2. Come November, the stage of Sadler’s Wells will be swarming with dancers doing pirouettes dressed head-to-toe in Cottweiler. If this collection is anything to go by, they will look mighty hot doing it.