A/W 2015

MANHOLE

AUTUMN WINTER 2015

Drawing from the designer’s personal experience of falling into a manhole and injuring herself, 431-88 decodes the occurrence into creating the label’s urban-grunge Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. Manhole grids, mud splashes, coal creases, rips and tears in the outfit that was, and a bloody leg, were certainly the way forward for the inspiration and the details of the collection.

The season’s colours are monotone consisting largely of greys, blacks and whites with generous contrast accents. Taking cue from the blood clots, red has been positioned to represent raw scar tissue.

Fabrics such as wool, crepe, micropoly, microdot crepe, lycra net, jersey, neoprene and fur characterize the aesthetics of the latest collection, keeping true to the seasonal change. In a first for the label, prints have been developed and placed influenced by the smudge marks and juxtaposed with works of Francisco Sobrino where geometry has a big role to play.

This AW15 collection drifts towards being dressed for a sexy soiree, while keeping the ensemble street and accident friendly. A composite collection which maintains its ethos of comfort; whether it is a cutout evening dress or louche hip-hop pants.

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