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Performance art & sleepwear at MAN AW17

Friday 06 January 2017
Words Spindle

This year MAN, the collaboration between Topman and Fashion East, featured designs by Charles Jeffrey, Feng Chen Wang, and Per Götesson in their London Fashion Week Men’s show. Charles Jeffrey’s section of the show was a complete spectacle, a theatrical piece of performance art as well as a catwalk.

Performers crawled the floors, wearing nude colours and with their hair slicked back with beige paint, reaching out to the figures who walked by. Of course, these passers-by were far from your typical catwalk models, instead they wore giant faceless costumes; lumpy, earthy totems, with one covered in the red, white, and blue stars and stripes. Another model was painted entirely in black paint and has what seemed to be a green second head looming above them. Alongside this brilliant nuttiness, the collection showcased innovative designs, silhouettes, and tailoring that referenced the 70s, 80s, and even as far back as the 1780s.

Just as creative but a lot more low-key, Per Götesson’s models were seen strapped to wooden frames with pillows, dressed in clothing with sleepwear vibes. Floaty shirts, red tartan, and loose fitting trousers were all on display alongside frayed denim and long coats. Feng Chen Wang’s catwalk was more typical of a fashion show, but his designs were highly innovative, with numerous models baring their thighs in new lengths and styles seen in the shorts and trousers, some with only one full-length leg, while other garments were more like underwear. Numerous creative silhouettes and shapes were seen throughout in the collection; big bow-like tops with oversized shoulders, puffy jacke