When Hannah Fickling walked out our door after her Boys by Girls internship last year (only to return for the occational glass of wine and cheese), we knew she was going to create a kick ass menswear graduate collection this year. Graduating from the University of Westminster, she created a collection with a contemporary take on the 20th Century style, playing with colour and fabrics in her designs.
It's a shiny collection. With a wow factor. Merging a classic British style with the masculinity of military details, luxe colours and lurex fabrications, Hannah’s first collection is an exploration into the possibilities in contemporary wearability in menswear. Keeping the classic roots of her first love of vintage, Hannah contrasts military shape with the musical inspirations of a 70’s metallic Bowie, luxurious fabrics and a rich autumnal palette in glitter. Aiming to capture both the flamboyancy of Ziggy Stardust and the masculinity of the early 20th Century military man, she pits these styles icons together against her modern cutting and innovative surface embellishment. Hand drawn and quilted details are matched with lurex knit, foiled canvas and bonded jerseys, to create a collection of slick brocade flight-jackets, glittering quilted sweatshirts and cropped trousers. It's a balance of classic menswear with chunky details, bright copper tones and shimmering textures.
Photographer Cecilie Harris captures George at Established Model to create her interpretation of the collection in some of BBG's favorite statement pieces. George's colour tones, cute freckles and chilled attitude is a perfect fit to the collection. Captured in Hannah's garden, where the colour tones also fit her collection as a glove, Cecilie provides colourful as well as monochrome visuals to show off the strenghts of the garments. Grooming by Stephen Hamilton (using Keune Hair Cosmetics and Cosmetic al Carte).
As Hannah Fickling is off to New York to make her mark as a menswear designer, we congratulate her on her collections and wish her the best.
Words by Cecilie Harris.