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Striking outerwear and bold colours at John Lawrence Sullivan’s German inspired AW17 collection

Wednesday 11 January 2017

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After a three-year hiatus, the John Lawrence Sullivan show at London Fashion Week Men’s on Monday marked the label’s return to European catwalks. The show was one of our most anticipated of this year’s event, and it did not disappoint. For their Autumn/Winter 17 collection, designer Arashi Yanagawa was inspired by the culture of continental Europe, particularly the creative arts scene in Germany. This was evident in his designs, which featured a bold colour palette, distinctive shapes and cuts, and saw ‘Deutsche’ applied across many garments.

The collection included strong outerwear looks that put a modern, creative spin on classic tailoring, with slick and shiny fabrics, full-length trench coats, and a standout silver leather jacket. Silver trousers were also modelled, as were bold leather trousers. Alongside these pieces were more traditional tailored suits in a range of neutral colours and grey pinstripes.

Bright colours were seen across the collection, such as a canary yellow suit, a bright red fuzzy knit, a red suede suit, a yellow leather trouser and jacket combo, and a slick green coat, among numerous others. The yellows and reds paired with black were of course a particular nod to the German influence, being the colours of the German flag.

These colourful pieces, paired with the strong outerwear and tailoring, created a bold but immaculate look, capturing the German cultural influence, and the show itself, which was full of energy with a soundtrack of swaggering pop, added to the uber cool feel of the collection.