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Theatre de la Mode: Arctic Contortion

For A/W 2016 Theatre de la Mode presents a collection that embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery. Inspired by heroic figures and classical illustrations, this season sees the reinvention of Theatre de la Mode’s signature draping, made more remarkable by the addition of slim line pieces and collaged hand crafted print.

The arctic explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, a turn of the century British hero, provides the inspiration for the oversized, utilitarian cut of the collection. A statue of the explorer outside the London headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society, perfectly displays the voluminous silhouette with protective draping that epitomizes the look of Theatre de la Mode. The style invokes an adventurous spirit, while retaining the comfort and practicality of its utilitarian foundations.

Drawing further inspiration from times past, a pencil drawn study of British birds is transformed into an imaginative, geometric crest, which becomes the central motif in the collection. More traditional drawings of a taxidermied Eider appear printed on T-shirts. Featuring throughout the range are hand painted stripes that have been collaged into triangular patterns adding a textural element to jersey and sweat pieces.

Fabrics for the season include wax coated cotton, offering a layer of protection to casual separates. A Classic brushed cotton tartan and needle corduroy add to the authentically British feel of the collection. With a mused palette of rich navy, khaki, stone grey, maroon and olive, the utilitarian look is preserved.

Theatre de la Mode Creative Director Christopher Kelly has become known for his unique take on men’s ready to wear. His oversized silhouettes demand a relaxed attitude to sophisticated style and bring a refreshing challenge to contemporary menswear.

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