Since launching his eponymous menswear label back in 2008, Christopher Shannon has unsurprisingly gained a host of accolades as well as huge superlatives from the fashion industry around the world. His shows are a must see every season, hitting the nail on the head and leaving the fashion world clapping and nodding in awe of what they witness.

Taking inspiration from summer hedonism, trips to the party island of Marbella and exuberant foam parties, there was a certain lad’s holiday vibe from Christopher Shannon for SS16.  The collection comprised of some very 80’s style high-cut athletic shorts, oversized chinos, fragmented sportswear and a return of Shannon’s signature shirting and blocking.

Models hit the catwalk with patches of foam on their necks and faces and Jumpers were slashed and adorned with gaffer tape, along with bikini tops draped over mesh t-shirts as though a cheeky reference to the type of mad carnage one might expect from the lads. Shannon used a range of fabrics including fine gauge knits, foam meshes, jerseys and lightweight linings in innovative ways. Navy, black and white were the more dominant colours with rave scene fluoro tones weaving in and out; because nothing says party holiday like florescent coloured denim jacket.

SS16 sees a number of collaborations for Shannon, the jewellery that graced some of garments were worked on by none other than legendary stylist Judy Blame, CAT footwear created a new twist on the traditional terrain trainer, featuring gum and transparent soles with reflective mid soles. Lastly came the collaboration with iconic American brand Zippo,  both brands are working alongside each other this year, with Shannon offering up the first step in the new partnership  in the form of knitwear pieces emblazoned with the world famous Zippo windproof lighter.

Show stopping pieces that deserve to be seen in London, Marbella and beyond. So boys if you don’t have any Christopher Shannon SS16 in your wardrobe come next summer, well you’re doing it all wrong.

Written by Michaela Hoyte. Images © Christopher Shannon / Concrete Projects. Video source British Fashion Council YouTube.

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