It may have been the first day of London Collections: Men, but this Monday also marked the debut of Ada+Nik. Designer Ada Zanditon and creative director Nik Thakkar paired up to create a Greco-Roman punk inspired collection that was nothing short of ballsy.
The collection, entitled ‘The Dark Wolf’, certainly saw the duo embrace their rebellious streaks. The collection the painful yet refreshing first breath of icy air on a winter’s morning, this team’s work was a shock to the system but one which was more than welcomed. Garments were structured, flesh was on display and leather was in abundance; the show was a bold break from convention and showed how the brave can be truly beautiful.
In keeping with Ada’s signature style, the collection is made from organic materials. This approach of hers was far from half hearted and one piece was even crafted out of human hair and eel. The range was monotone with the only hints of colour coming from seductive glimpses of skin through mesh tunics or open leather jackets. It proved you can afford to be minimalist and still make a statement.
A gang of rugged, hench men and fiery haired adonises scored the brief perfectly and facial hair was aplenty. The walking muses personified the carefree, badass attitude of the collection and this temperament of the show only intensified with each look. Several times models lit up at the end of the runway, but if they weren’t electronic cigarettes the rebellious stance may have had a meatier impact. The models may have looked bored as they walked the walk, but this only added to their undeniable swagger.
A promising start for Ada+Nik, this double act is certainly one to watch over the coming seasons.
Words: Christopher Maul
Illustration: Dom & Ink