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BFW: Studio 805 by Andrew Bannister

Monday 06 June 2011
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Spikes and Bondage formed the collection by Studio 805, the only collection from the couture show to encompass a range of menswear designs.

A juxtaposed view of revealing and concealing, Andrew Bannister displayed heavy draped hoods and glistening sports shorts that were matched with Mickey Mouse headgear and customised baseball caps. Straps that are traditionally associated with backpacks were worked into body harnesses and trousers which gathered at the knee and tailored into a tight fitted leg, think 17th century breeches in silver reflective sportswear fabric.

Like the majority of collections on display throughout Brighton Fashion Week and indeed the couture show, Bannister’s palette was dark. Reflective fabrics in monochrome shades gave a cold hard look to models emerging from ice emphasised by sharp metal spikes, darted all over the body.

It was look of couture sportswear, that was a refreshing change from a heavily embroidered gown.