September 2 2014

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Three’s A Trend: Naked Ambition


Nude-printed looks by Sibling, Christopher Kane, and Richard Nicoll

Nudes on clothes. It’s a novel concept, and one that’s emerging as a trend on the London runways. Richard Nicoll has long collaborated with Linder Sterling—a British artist informed by Manchester’s seventies punk scene—and for Spring, the latter whipped up a montage of reptile and avian patterns atop vintage gay pornography. “I found the source material in a bookshop in Barcelona, and Linder treated it with snakes and birds of prey,” Nicoll told “She almost always uses the body as a canvas for her collages. Look three—the bomber jacket—is my favorite.”

In both his men’s Spring and women’s Resort ’14 collections, Christopher Kane webbed 3-D grids to create naked female torsos and male skulls. The images lent a lo-fi, diagrammatic pop to simple T-shirts and sweatshirts.

And finally, Sibling—the riotous knitwear label founded by East End cool kids Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery—anchored its collection around a pinup-girl theme. At times, that girl found herself undressed and in various states of undulation across a number of allover prints. “We found the inspiration through World War II plane imagery, as well as vintage T-shirts,” McCreery told “We were also after that West Side Story feel of young guys and girlie images. It’s almost quite innocent.”

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/InDigital/GoRunway (Sibling and Richard Nicoll); Courtesy of Christopher Kane

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