Recently held MAN ready-to-wear shows featured a bold and experimental group presentation by emerging designers Craig Green, Alan Taylor and Bobby Abley.
Green stayed true to his rather idiosyncratic aesthetic that distinctly oscillates between art and fashion, pairing the cardboard box sculptures already known from previous collection with hand-painted clothing.
Taylor’s offerings saw tweed or gray linen suits with cropped trousers, which were also elaborately hand-painted in the manner of Francis Bacon.
Fusing sportswear-inspired pieces with tongue-in-cheek prints, Bobby Abley showcased by far the most fun and visually compelling. Trompe l’oeil wicker basket and fleur de lis prints, besides his signature indeed quite kitschy “Abley bear” motif as in a coat of arms, could be spotted emblazoned on T-shirts with organza overlays and mohair tracksuits.