Fashion East designer Liam Hodges presented his Autumn/Winter 2017 debut at London Fashion Week Men’s on Friday 6th January. The collection, entitled ‘Dystopia Lives’ takes reference from performance poet Hector Aponysus, specifically his line “Looking for a vocation in the decline of civilization.” The collection aims to encourage viewers that “darkness can be beat”, a seemingly appropriate focus following the major events in 2016. Hodges’ AW17 collection is in fact an amalgamation of various dystopian references, ranging from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange to Miller’s 1979 classic Mad Max.
In terms of looks, the collection features a range of ruched, high-waisted trousers, complete with mismatched patchwork and distorted camouflage prints paired with quilted puffer jackets and embroidered outerwear. The collection employs a signature Hodges colour palette, with main shades ranging from classic blacks to neon yellows and forest greens. Photo prints prevalent within the AW17 offering are drawn from photographs taken by Hodges himself upon a recent visit to China, providing the dystopian collection with a further oriental influence.
The collection was produced in collaboration with a number of iconic brands. Levi’s collaborated with Hodges for an update on their iconic trucker jacket, while Christy’s worked with Hodges on the headwear and Converse for provided the footwear.