LCM: Christopher Shannon SS15

16 June 2014

Emos: the most persecuted and picked-upon of all the British youth sub-cultures. Let’s face it the get-up has made them easy targets for fashion bullies, but they may well have found a style- crusader in the form of Christopher Shannon and his SS15 show. Christopher has long been a defender of bad taste (dolphin motifs and tribal tattoos feature on his defendable trends list), and despite this collection honouring some of those dubious references his collections are always, well, magic.

The show opened at one hundred miles an hour. Shannon had fully transported us all to his own private under-world club. The screens flashed with black and white pasted graphics, Bjork’s voice came whinnying out of the speakers and Shannon’s man stepped on the main stage. First things first, the guys where rocking Prodigy hair (if you’re twenty or under, I’m talking about Miley Cyrus style twisted knots) reflective aviator sunglasses and hard-wear boots. Like pumped-up noughties club-kids, the boys pounded down the runway looking like new-age rave sports stars. It was great to see Matt Ardell back on the model cast, which we missed last season, along with an otherwise strong ensemble from Christopher as expected. Respect.

Shannon played to his strong suit and wowed with graphic print jumpers and sweatshirt fabric shorts. Parkas seem to be a thing this season and Shannon’s were cut asymmetrically, or white and oversized with large pockets at the front (perfect for moshing in no doubt). Super slogan jumpers in black and white and airtex jackets with decoupage style prints had us chomping at the bit. Knitted long-sleeved polo shirts and matching shorts were striped green and red, and Shannon showed his crafty side in cut-out style T-shirts and basketball shorts.

Shannon had cast boys who were able to compete with the hi-tempo rave he was throwing. The adrenaline was high, the music pulsating and the boys were bulls ready to charge; powerful, machismo and virile. Like the boys the show was strong and exhilarating.

Photography by Sophie Mayanne.
Words by Nellie Eden.

Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View The pink is a cacophony against the emptiness - a melody line paced in a second-hand birthday suit, easily hemmed... View And we are wild to make it stop: stuck in an empty booth, bold colours warming us up, no microphones... View He is light as a feather. Leather weighs heavy on him, adds ballast to his reality, suddenly makes it terrifying... View In the safety of a white suit, he blows himself about the empty space, spinning between instruments like a bird... View Like a hawk or an old hero, staring down the back of his future’s head, this boy takes to empty... View If change doesn’t arrive obediently, it will be chased down and hunted by the hungry. Peace is not prop for... View Falling apart at the seams and dripping onto the carpet of grass beneath bruised feet as the race for the... View Forget figuring out the bus routes, forge new passports with model mugshots and sprint for the border closing in around... View The traffic is stalled in the streets, halted by a punishing red light at every crossroads in every direction. City... View Tommy traces graffiti scrawled along paint, cement, and brick swirling in patterns denoting names and connoting beliefs while stylist Kayleigh... View Quitting a town named Stagnation in favour of an unfamiliar map revealing the temptation of breaking out into the unknown... View Rendezvous at the confidential hotspot for meaningful action. Setting the wheels in motion for an alternative living and imposing a... View Pushing through the crowd and negotiating the battlefield of elbows and toes, the commotion expands to a deafening silence. Chants... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘Standstill’ featuring Tommy Harragan at IMG models. Photographer Amber Grace Dixon captures Tommy’s standout... View A Renaissance man in every sense, @kalamaepstein writes/directs as well as acts and has a couple of shorts currently in... View View @kalamaepstein is photographed around Venice Beach, California - incidentally the location for one of his earliest projects, the short film... View View View Like a moth to a flame, some souls are drawn towards the light. Others seek solace dancing amongst the shadows...