A-COLD-WALL*'s Sam Ross cut his teeth assisting Virgil Abloh, before fully committing to his own concept streetwear project. That experience has clearly rubbed off on him — Ross has the same knack for balancing far-out concepts with making stuff that people actually want.
Held in a disused warehouse space in east London, A-COLD-WALL* FW17 was heralded by a soundtrack of grinding noise. A suitable accompaniment to Ross's clothing, which took industrial motifs like heavy utility clips, clear plastics and shimmering metallic fabrics, and flipped them into some avant-garde contemporary streetwear.
Oh, and there was the small matter of a forthcoming Nike collab. Ross took the Air Force 1, stripped it off regular laces, and added his own distinct branding to the shoe's upper.
Strong stuff from the young designer. This was his debut on the Fashion Week circuit, and judging from the strength of his ideas — and their commercial viability — you'll be seeing a lot more from him in seasons to come.
For the latest collections, street style and trends, check out the rest of our FW17 Fashion Week coverage.
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