John Lawrence Sullivan showed its designs for SS19 at London Fashion Week Men’s this weekend. The collection was inspired by the societal outliers of the Swiss punk movement, new wave and Dave Gahan, lead singer of synth-pop icons Depeche Mode.
Walking to an electrifying beat engineered by London-based producer Visionist, JLS designer Arashi Yanagawa sent out contemporary tailoring in a pallet of black, white, red and a shade of green that wouldn’t look out of place on DC Comics villain The Riddler. The majority of looks were worn with heavy-soled brothel creepers, which lengthened the silhouettes and magnified the designs as they towered down the runway.
One of the show’s strongest looks used polka-dot print to great effect across brown shirts and loose ties with high-shine PVC pants and a leather duster with neat, refined lapels.
While tailoring was at the forefront for John Lawrence Sullivan SS19, the punk elements (inspired by Hot Love: Swiss Punk & Wave, 1976- 1980) could be seen in long-sleeved hooded flannel shirts, which were styled with acid-wash denim and undone silver buckles. Also, as it is the Spring/Summer collection, tight-fitting shorts in a rusty acid-wash were worn with oversized leather jackets and long black socks.
Underneath all the elevated tailoring, many of the brand’s T-shirts were cropped and distorted with irreverence. These style codes cement John Lawrence Sullivan as a designer who consistently provokes the status quo of menswear by designing for customers who delight in wearing clothes to shock, amuse, and do whatever they feel like doing.