Fall 2017 Menswear
January 6, 2017
Since showing her award-winning Central Saint Martins graduate womenswear collection in 2011, Phoebe English has risen quickly through the fashion ranks, currently carried by such illustrious establishments as Dover Street Market (Fall 2016 is on sale now, I saw it myself), Ssence, and a slew of upscale stores in Japan.
This Fall 2017 collection is her fourth for men, and while her womenswear is often a little more whimsical and exploratory, her menswear is not. “The collection is much more based in reality than our womenswear,” she said. “For men’s, we’re trying to make really nice pieces that people can use; much more of a product than a concept or a vision.”
As modest as that may be, utility and wearability is a concept in itself, and the collection, inspired by the creative men Phoebe knows, displays a level of skill and inherent ability that someone so slightly seasoned should be proud to present.
The collection was presented on expressionless models occupied with everyday tasks like folding laundry and sweeping the floor. Above that mundanity though, the fabrics rose, with velvet and luxurious corduroy in stark contrast to the household chores.
“Everything is tested on multiple men to see what works–what sleeve lengths they like, what kind of pockets. What started as an excuse to employ one of my friends who studied menswear pattern cutting got very carried away. It’s been very well received.”