Edward Crutchley
Spring Summer 2018

Edward Crutchley continues his journey into rich sumptuous design. We’ve seen how this guy weaves allegory into his collections with the aplomb of a firmly established designer, which he is well on his way to becoming. The young maverick, who was famously mentored and continues to be championed by Kim Jones, is a man who charms and seduces with his designs. Remember his famous blue blanket embroidered with the names of his nearest and dearest from Yorkshire?

Crutchley’s spring summer 2017 collection melded Norman folklorish themes with techie-aided styling thanks to specialised software; a combination that singled him out at the purveyor of a modern artisanal aesthetic – it was a masterstroke that he enhanced in an unexpected way for his Spring Summer 2018 catwalk during LCM.

Edward Crutchley Spring Summer 2018

Described by the designer himself as “manly pomp”, the collection threw a number of Victoriana ingredients into the blender for some seriously fluid (in all senses of the word) gender decoding thanks to 18th century court dresses, corsets and regal floral prints. Men in Matua-style nipple-skimming dresses? Gasp! It was  enough to make a Daily Mail reader choke on their Hobnob. Shhhh, don’t then mention the silky oriental print micro shorts and feminised paramilitary-style onesies. What a rhapsody of flamboyance and a celebration of pure theatrics in a city that thrives on creativity and that needs visionary designers such as Crutchley to take a modern craft approach to fashion and run (or in this case waltz) with it. Maybe it wasn’t as commercial as AW17/18, but who cares? Every look in his career portfolio has looked opulent and regal in its own way. You can’t always dress like a king (or queen) but you can aspire to be one. That was perhaps the message to take away.

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Edward Crutchley Spring Summer 2018

Edward Crutchley Spring Summer 2018

Edward Crutchley Spring Summer 2018

 

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