The Second-Biggest News In English Football (After That Whole Sex Scandal), And More From Aitor Throup
With England in the grip of a Tiger-sized sports scandal—one involving John Terry, captain of the national football team, and his best friend and teammate’s girlfriend, who he apparently got pregnant (bad move for 2009′s Dad of the Year)—last night’s launch of the kit the team will wear for their World Cup bid in South Africa this year was a surprisingly low-key affair. Mind you, there were no actual footballers present, just a small group of sponsors, reps from Umbro, and the uni’s designer, Aitor Throup. He’s been busy. The Best-Looking Designer in Fashion™ is moving out of his years-long best-kept-secret phase with the launch next fall of a capsule collection of trousers, to be followed by a full collection the following season. Throup debuted the pants during the men’s shows in Paris with an elaborate, eerie installation (pictured) that highlighted the complex conceptual thought that goes into everything he does. Concepts aside, his designs offer a genuine re-evaluation of basic items, subtly with the footballers’ gear, more overtly with his own line, which promises to make you look and feel quite different in your clothes. And if that sounds mysterious, that’s because Aitor is also the Most Enigmatic Designer in Fashion™.