Cease & Desist has come a long way in the four years since its inception. The personal brand from designer Fred Foster began with a simple piece called the “Extendo Shirt,” a zipper-laden T-shirt literally extended with a bandana, and is now the go-to brand for clients like Future (who recently opened a pop-up grounded by the label’s work). Now Cease & Desist has gotten bigger and better than ever with its SS17 collection. Titled “Truancy,” the line stands as the most extensive output from the brand yet, and it is brought to vivid life in the visually arresting first part of its new lookbook.
Using a vast array of materials, the new collection continues to push familiar streetwear pieces into bold new directions. Denim is wrought in a fleece-lined, round-collared jacket with matching loose-fitting pants, while a classic, Beatnik-esque leather jacket is transformed into something considerably more kitschy thanks to a massive fur collar with a contrasting fur accent spelling out the brand name. Elsewhere in the collection, one will find prints like plaid, flames and florals that evoke the gritty skate culture of the mid ‘00s. Foster has stated that the collection’s theme of truancy is not directly related to the act of skipping school per se, but this certainly looks like the kind of apparel the most dangerous kids in class would wear.
Stay tuned for Cease & Desist's SS17 "Truancy" collection to hit the brand's online store.
A few weeks ago, we spoke to Fred Foster for an exclusive discussion on his creative process, the beginnings of his brand, and what it's like to work with Future. Read our interview right here.