It was hard to watch Kit Neale’s AW15 presentation at LC:M and suppress a big smile. Best known for his kaleidoscopic prints and zany colour combinations, the London designer sent in the clowns for his first solo catwalk show – a jolly circus-inspired affair which entertained and awed in equal measures.
Varsity jackets and fuzzy sweaters in pop hues of tangerine, cobalt and scarlet were the order of the day, while the surprisingly wearable shirts featured clever vintage typography prints, inspired by circus posters of yore. Worn loose – but not so theatrically so – trousers fell to awkward lengths: mid-calf; rolled just above the ankle; and the new, tricky ‘quarter-length’, all contributing to the comic factor.
One of AW15’s biggest trends; plaid made an inevitable appearance, cropping up on shirt-front trims or mismatched patches. Jaunty pork-pie hats and chunky costume jewellery straight from the dressing-up box both helped to heighten the sense of fun. But the stand-out look of the show was, without doubt, the inspired pairing of a Steiff-textured coat over a slogan T-shirt which cheekily assured the audience: ‘No teddy bears were harmed in the making of this coat’.
Written by Selena Schleh. Images © Kit Neale.