Christopher Shannon dramatic silhouettes for SS16.
As seen on day one of London Collections: Men, the “below-the-waist” trend of Spring/Summer 2016 are wide trousers and shorts, Christopher Shannon took transformed the style to extreme and opened the show with about 50 inches wide black trousers with the waistband gaping on the sides. To make the looks more interesting, they were layered with oversized denim jackets and knits in grey and blue. Jackets and joggers where split apart and bonded together with duct tape, while zip-up shirts with bombers and zip-front shorts flashed a little bit of flesh. The sheer added depth to the pieces and layers – made the boiler suit and the seventies-style short stand out. This season, the signature Shannon essentials knitwears motif was lighters with warning slogans: “Needy”, “Damaged” and to honor his latest collaboration, the Zippo got “Shannon”.
The mood of Christopher Shannon’s show was holiday hedonism: excited youth enjoying life on the beaches of Europe with foam parties, sunburn, shots and dancing – Liberation in other words. Shannon took those dazed Mediterranean memories and turned then into artistic pieces. We could see the first glimpse of the foam parties which was th foam on the models’ chest and west hair and also the fluoro pink and lime green bikini top around the necks. Shannon definitily had fun creating this collection and made the audience long for a warm summer.