In the heart of Covent Garden, the Berthold SS16 presentation showed just why there is so much buzz over the menswear industry. The Austrian born designer presented his second LC:M collection, influenced by texture and rebellious edge of Klara Lidén’s Poster Paintings. As a study of lines and forms, Berthold expressed a masculine vibe through loose, multilayered fastened silhouettes and cocooning shapes.
Plastic sheets were draped and stretched behind the velcro sandal clad models, giving the show space a futuristic feel that perfectly matched the clothing. Pops of bubblegum blue and magenta broke up the mostly monochrome collection in the form of rain jackets and high neck smocks. Jackets and jumpsuits with split backs and straps were inspired by protective morgue coveralls and hospital gowns, exploring the designers ‘protect and control’ aesthetic. Colourful seams were exposed on the pockets of the black and white coated micro-fabric jackets, showing versatility for the usual summertime attire.
Known for combining tight fitting pieces with volume, Berthold has created a collection that is sleek and clean with a minimalist sharpness.
Written by Chelsea Davis. Images © Chelsea Davis.