Mutated pants with ingrown waistband

‘Draping that mimics twisted muscle tissue, viscose jersey with texture to imitate ultrasound scans, jackets with in-grown waistcoat details with vests…’

Do you have a 9-to-5? because I don’t. I wouldn’t know what it’s like getting up every morning and picking a different outfit everyday. I wouldn’t know because I happen to be the maestro of bumhood and freelance webdesign means I can meet my clients in my underwear. Wait, that didn’t come out right. The first time I encountered Eugene Lin‘s work was on my first ever trip to Fashion Week, and even then he had violated classics into a twisted yet subdued collection. The Vanishing Twin, the inspiration and title of his SS11 collection is a medical syndrome otherwise known as ‘fetus-in-fetu’, where a malformed parasitic twin is found within the body of a newborn. Don’t google it if you’re squeamish. (Which means everyone will have opened a new tab now…) The clothes might have a disturbing essence to it, but to go back to my opening question, aren’t they perfect for the 9-to-5 office? And when that well-informed male co-worker goes Hey that’s the Vanishing Twin! you could always murmur that your grandpa had that condition* and bag that free guilt lunch. So.Evil.

*The Vanishing Twin is apparently a common case in pregnancies. (grandpa did not have baby, or did he?)

Answer to pop quiz from nail post: Tripod. Just wanted to see what you might come up with. You guys are hilarious.

Graeme Armour

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Sculptural leather bags by Richard Emden

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Leatherworks by Joanna Vanderpuije

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Brilliant playfulness by Yang-Du

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Classics by Eugene Lin

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Jayne Pierson

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Genius fold structures by Tour de Force

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Rachel Freire

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Alice Lee

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Leather wonders by Beekay

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For me, these are the true delights of London Fashion Week; alternative designers fresh graduating or simply sticking to doing what they love, away from the commercial high road. After the Jasper Garvida fashion show we had a chance to look around the On|Off exhibitions of more designers; by the time I did one round, I felt compelled to do another round, there was so much to digest. The designers were all present (more than half of them CSM graduates), perked on a stool, and when prompted sang of their inspirations and stories behind the collections.

Do check out the websites of these above that have links, some collections are simply mind-blowing. Oh what eyecandy.