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by Charly Suggett
Delusional Radical Bliss, and then some.
After just two seasons out of the schedule, Shaun Samson has returned to LC:M under the sheltering wings of Fashion East once again, a hub for nurturing the up and coming talents of London’s fashion design world. They reared him up for his first collections so who better to make the welcome return to the schedule than with a team of friendly faces.
Samson has swapped sites from London to LA and in doing so has been able to explore and expand his curiosity with the SoCal street culture whilst also developing an interest in the architecture and minimalism of Charles Eames. Through this new found interest came graphic lines set onto woolrich plaids and check shirts as well as sheer fabric panels representing windows, cue architecture reference, which proudly displayed the buff and bulky frames of the testosterone infused models. ‘Gnarly Dank Dude’ also featured in bold print on tops and aprons, which were reminiscent of a halter neck top, told Samson. Trousers in straight and slouchy cuts were given as well as the trusted long shorts (Samson does give good short) in cottons and sheer mesh.
All of this bulk and weight may have all gotten a bit too much if it hadn’t been for the styling wise of Matthew Joseph who added calf length socks which revealed just the right amount of muscle for the wandering eye. Faux fur scarfs tied once at the neck and tied sleeves also made for a softer aesthetic and feel, bringing together the collection of autumnal shades of navy, burgundy and black while lining up for the finale to the sound of LL. Cool J’s ‘Don’t Call It A Comeback’ (get it?).
All in all, it’s good to have Samson back on the schedule once again who still remains his signature aesthetics while discovers new and exciting ventures. I feel that Samson has a lot more to say.