Friday 25th June

| BY Paul Toner

Hed Mayner: Menswear SS22

This season, Hed Mayner was thinking about the outdoors. “The kind of outdoors that could be everywhere, not a specific location,” he says over Zoom. Big skies and dusty terrains seep straight into the collection, with Mayner continuing to navigate his world through oversized heaps of fabric, carefully controlled into elegant shapes and silhouettes.

Although his designs still have an air of protection to them, this time around, there’s an unshakable sense of freedom to these pieces. “Where before it was about this idea of wrapping clothes around the body, this season it’s more about function,” says Mayner, who explains that designing “rougher and straightforward” clothes this season has liberated his designs.

Workwear influences are both elongated and exaggerated, encased in playful Colbat blue and terracotta, as well as Mayner’s signature palette of grey, beige, and ivory. He was focused on the idea that the wearer could wear these pieces to travel freely – like a nomad – with swollen gilets, boilersuits, and heavy jackets coming equipped with plenty of pockets where one could carry all their possessions in.

Last season’s weighty British heritage wools and Italian fabrications were swapped for canvas cotton and linen, stonewashed to evoke a sunkissed effect on the fabric. The switch offers not only a new vocabulary to Mayner’s designs, but a practicality that’s often missing with luxury fashion. “The use in this fabric is much easier, you can keep washing and washing, it’s easy to deal with,” he says. You can wear it forever, these clothes give a different kind of feeling.”

Photography courtesy of Hed Mayner.