Phoebe English: Menswear AW17
Phoebe (as in Briggs, our Editorial Director) is having a bit of trouble with the suction on her Dyson. “It won’t pick up my hair!” she declared earlier today. “I’m having to use my 20 quid Sainsbury’s one!” Good timing, then, for us to direct her towards Phoebe English’s AW17 menswear presentation. And the hoover that starred within it. Which was shiny, silver and, not that we’ve tested, great at sucking. But this, of course, was not about hoovers. But fashions. Functional fashions. Fashions to, as the boys were doing, hang out your socks, wash your sheets and do a bit of ironing. Well, if you have willing models, why not make them work? And – can we borrow them? And the clothes. They were rooted, as the press release read, in reality – “functional separates”. Hoodies, oversized coats and shirts, wide-leg trousers that made for a roomy, relaxed silhouette in restrained a palette of black and navy. Clothing that we would, quite happily, were we allowed, to strip off the models and wear right out the door. What better sign of a good collection than that?