Referred to as ‘the shirt boys’, Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding have created an ethereal and whimsical collection that rivals the design talent of the big names of London Fashion Week. Known for their mastery and manipulation of the business shirt, their SS16 collection showed off the duo’s pattern cutting and draping skills. Incorporating the work of artist Nathan Peter into their creations, Palmer//Harding’s work celebrated the craft of the artisan with deconstructed fabrics.
Translucent linens were layered over neutral shirt dresses, while beige fringed fabric has been de-threaded and woven into asymmetrical skirts and dresses. The classic crisp shirt is the highlight of the collection. It has been dissected from its original form, giving the otherwise rigid shirt a romantic feminine feel. The same technique is used for the leather jackets with brass studs. Another great design comes in the form of the deconstructed leather skirt; held up by the waist, half of the skirt is upturned to reveal an inside of metallic.
In summary, the duo have created a must-see modern collection with craftsman roots.
Written by Chelsea Davis. Images © Chelsea Davis.