Alan Vega's "Kung Foo Cowboy" fuelled a brave proposition by James Long whose collection focused on a new shaped short meets culottes hybrid. In a collection of navy, graphite, black and white Long’s signature shorts were designed as oversized, long, gingham, leather and pleated.
There were mandarin collars on bomber jackets and boxy vests. Shimmering embellishments formed patterns on shirts and sleeveless blazers. Long's notable knitwear was detailed with strict lines of an abacus while lurex threads and beading was piled on. Sleeveless gingham and leather vests defined Long’s advanced skills in cutting and his fearless ability to question conventional silhouettes in menswear.
While Long’s tough edged collection questioned traditions of texture and proportion, the metallic clutches and gladiator sandals paired with socks further pushed the idea of concept triumphing over commerciality.
A radical and well-realised collection by Long, confirming his position at the epicenter of inventive British menswear.